After peeling the scientific literature at the request of the former Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx, the body finds that some publications give dairy a protective effect against breast cancer while others attribute them carcinogenic effects. These studies are insufficiently documented and “inconclusive,” said CSS.

While the initial question of the Minister was on “the appropriateness of recommending the consumption of milk and dairy products as part of a balanced diet, “the CSS focused after discussion on the sometimes developed links between milk and breast cancer. There is nothing to confirm such links, he said.

Otherwise, the current nutritional recommendations issued by the Communities and Regions of the country is already based on knowledge of CSS. All argue that milk and dairy products can contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. The CSS does not call this model into question, he said in substance.

However, to avoid confusion, greater harmonization between the official discourse is desirable. CSS is “aware” of the need to consume less animal food, he says otherwise, and as for the sake of sustainable development and public health. In this context it recommends to conduct research on how to partially replace milk and other animal products for food “more sustainable and equivalent nutritional quality.”