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The impacts of fat-filled milk powder exports to West Africa

According to this article from POLITICO, dairy farmers in West Africa are being undercut by exports of “fat-filled milk powder” from the European Union. This product is a blend of dairy whey left over from processes such as butter manufacture and vegetable fats such as palm oil. 

According to the article, it is difficult for some consumers in West Africa to avoid fat-filled milk powder, and many people question whether it is as healthy as dairy milk. Exporters of fat-filled milk powder argue that it is an “accessible product for growing populations” and contributes to food security.

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource chapter How are food systems, diets, and health connected?

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27 Aug 2020
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