The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Britain has concluded on Tuesday that although organic milk does contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional milk, it did not provide any further significant health benefits.
This conclusion was reached following assessment of the evidence on the nutritional differences between organic and non-organic milk contributed by a group of scientists who wrote to the FSA recently asking it to "reconsider its position".
AdvertisementIn a letter to one of the scientists FSA chairwoman Deidre Hutton said, "The new evidence you have provided does not justify the assertion that organic milk provides health benefits other than those associated with conventionally produced milk." New evidence and data has always been welcomed by the Agency to ensure that its advice remains up to date and evidence based. Its present conclusions were reached following consultations with scientists who are expert in fats and health. According to the FSA although the study shows that organically produced milk can contain higher levels of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventionally produced milk, these fatty acids are of limited health benefit compared to the longer chain omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish.
The FSA therefore continues to advise people to consume at least two portions of fish per week, including one of oily fish, which is rich in long-chain omega-3.