Jul 5, 2014, 2:11 PM
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Poor milk consumption detrimental to health

Tehran, July 5, IRNA - Per capita milk consumption in Iran is presently 60 kg while the figure for 2012 and 2013 was between 80 and 100 kg, said the director general of Dairy Industries Union.

Mohammad Reza Esmaieli added that an increase in milk price in the past two years is the main reason for the decline, Iran Daily wrote Saturday.

As per the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2010-15), per capita milk consumption in Iran should reach 200 kg, adding that the figure for developed countries is between 250 and 400 kg.

He also said raw milk price will increase the price of other dairy products. “Milk accounts for 70 percent of raw material required for the production of dairy commodities.”

Esmaieli noted that milk and dairy products, including yoghurt, cheese and butter, comprise 35 percent of the family food basket in Iran.

He said that in the past when the government was paying milk subsidies, 200 to 300 tons of milk were consumed in the city of Tehran daily while the present figure is 5 to 10 tons.

Esmaieli stressed that production of milk and dairy commodities is not economically viable for livestock breeders and dairy industries.

“A drop in milk consumption will reduce calcium intake in people and give rise to osteoporosis and dental diseases,” he said.