The Glengarry News

Palm fat

Hard butter prompts probe

publisher Feb 25, 2021 - 9:12am

Have you noticed that your butter has been harder than usual? The change in consistency is probably related to feed supplements,  named palm oil, used to boost cows’ diets. “Buttergate” has prompted the Dairy Farmers of Canada to set up a special committee to examine fat supplementation in cow feed. “Dairy farmers are uncompromising when it comes to quality and follow some of the most stringent standards in the world to uphold that commitment,” states DFC. From a feed perspective, the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada notes that the use of palm fat in dairy feed is not new and is a safe ingredient, approved for use by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  Similarly, Daniel Lefebvre, the Chief Operating Officer from Lactanet, the Canadian dairy centre of excellence, stresses that the inclusion of palm fat supplements in the cow’s nutrition is not a health or safety concern.