Report: GMOs Not in Milk

May 20, 2016

The National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering and Medicine published a report on research from nearly 900 studies that clearly stated GMO crops are safe and that cows who digest GMO crops produce milk that has no evidence of modified material.

To give you a sense of the exhaustive nature of the analysis, the report concludes, “On the basis of detailed examination of comparisons of currently commercialized GE with no-GE foods in compositional analysis, acute and chronic animal toxicity tests, long-term data on health of livestock fed GE foods, and human epidemiological data, the committee found no differences to implicate a higher risk to human health from GE foods than from their non-GE counterparts.”

Regarding milk, the report stated, “Studies with dairy cows and goats did not find transgenes or GE proteins in milk . . . That makes it clear that there is no apparent potential for transgenes or transgenic proteins to be present in dairy products.”

The technology is complicated, so here’s a little background: A transgene is a gene or genetic material (DNA) that has been transferred naturally, or by any number of genetic engineering techniques, from one organism to another. The Bt gene and the protein made from it creates an insect-resistant trait in crops. Some dairy cows may consume some of these crops as part of their overall mixed-ration feed.

The NAS analysis found no evidence that the gene inserted in crops is transferred to cows that consume them or their milk.

National Dairy Council is not affiliated with this research, but we are able to offer nutrition research experts to help answer your questions or those questions of the people you work with, so just let us know how we can help!

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