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Product Quality

To ensure the quality of Canadian milk products, all producers must conform with Canadian regulations and Health Canada’s decisions regarding antibiotics, hormones and more.

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  • Antibiotics

    Are there antibiotics in milk? Dairy regulations in Canada are very clear. When a cow is receiving medication, the dairy farmer must follow strict protocols.

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  • Cows and Hormones

    Are artificial growth hormones to increase cows' milk production allowed in Canada? No. Growth hormones, such as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), have not been approved for sale in Canada.

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  • Raw Milk

    Does pasteurization destroy the nutritional properties of milk? Is it healthier to consume raw milk? Pasteurization has very little impact on the nutritional value of milk and is essential to preserve its safety.

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  • Portable Milk

    Some milk products don’t require refrigeration. How is that possible? UHT pasteurization and aseptic packaging allow milk to be kept at room temperature.

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Milk Products and Mucus Secretion

Is it okay to drink milk when suffering from a cold? Does milk increase mucus secretions in the respiratory tract? These are questions sometimes asked. The overall research does not support the...

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The Effect of Milk Products on Inflammation

Evidence from systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials suggests that milk product consumption does not have an adverse effect on inflammation. In fact, milk products may reduce systemic...

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Milk Products and Asthma

The overall scientific evidence suggests that milk products do not increase the risk of developing asthma or exacerbate asthma symptoms. In fact, emerging evidence suggests...

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Diet, CVD and mortality: State of the evidence

Wondering what is the latest scientific evidence on saturated fat and its association with CVD outcomes and mortality?

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Practice update: Bone health, calcium and milk products

What does research say about bone health, calcium, and the role of dairy products? View our latest factsheet on this topic.

The environment and milk: get the facts

Watch this webinar to gain a better understanding of the current environmental footprint of milk production in Canada and the ways farmers have proactively reduced it.

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The DASH diet: Current state of knowledge

Watch this webinar and explore scientific evidence on hypertension, the DASH diet and the role of dairy products in this dietary pattern.

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