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Praise for the white stuff to celebrate World Milk Day

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LONDON – Today more than 30 countries across the globe will raise a tumbler to the dairy industry in celebration of World Milk Day.

With milk appearing in 98% of fridges across the country, the UK is one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to dairy consumption. But how much do we know about its benefits?

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Milk the facts

To celebrate milk’s long-standing role in global diets and nutrition,The Dairy Council and Dairy UK have been promoting its vital role by reacquainting the public with some of the facts about the dairy drink we’ve been consuming for 11,000 years. 

The nutrient rich beverage – famously praised for its calcium content – is also a source of protein, iodine, vitamin B2 and B12, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin B5. Its role in a healthy diet is valuable at all stages of life – not just the young and old!

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Global praise

The first World Milk Day was organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 2001 and since then June 1sthas become the day on which all aspects of milk are celebrated worldwide.

Speaking ahead of her speech on the benefits of dairy at the International Dairy Federation’s celebration of World Milk Day in Seoul, South Korea, Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK, said: “As the world celebrates this World Milk Day, let’s remember that it is a product to be greatly proud of. Demand for dairy is growing across the globe and we have a key role to play to help feed a growing world population with safe, nutritious and affordable foods.”

Bryans concluded, “Our industry is a vibrant and dynamic community which provides millions of livelihoods across the world. (Today) more than 30 countries will celebrate what milk has to offer and the dedication of all of those who put it on our tables, from farmers to processors, manufacturers and milkmen. Let’s join them, raise a glass and spread the word!”

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