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Is milk good for you?

Health professionals recommend daily consumption of milk and dairy products as part of a varied and balanced diet. There are many scientific studies that back its health benefits. Milk and dairy products are foods of high nutritional value, as their composition contains virtually all nutrients in relatively high amounts. In addition to providing energy, they are an excellent source of protein of high biological value and other nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iodine, selenium as well as B-complex vitamins and vitamins A and D.

Given their nutritional value, you are recommended to consume milk and dairy products on a daily basis equivalent to 2 to 4 servings of milk a day depending on age and physiological condition.

Main benefits

Milk is a source of proteins of high biological value, as it contains all the essential amino acids, even above the amounts set by the benchmark international standard for protein.

In addition, milk contains bioactive peptides, with scientifically proven benefits for the immune, cardiovascular and digestive systems.
It is the main dietary source of calcium, not only due to the high content of this mineral, but also its high bioavailability thanks to other components of milk: vitamin D, proteins, phosphorus, etc.

It is rich in vitamin A, especially important in growth, development, immunity and eye health.

Recent studies show that although milk fat was considered not beneficial due to its high content of saturated fatty acids, it is not only not harmful for cardiovascular health and other chronic diseases, such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes, but could have a protective effect through some saturated fatty acids present in milk fat.

On top of that, drinking milk is a pleasure.

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What is the recommended consumption of milk and dairy products by nutrition professionals?

Given its nutritional value, you are recommended to consume milk and dairy products on a daily basis equivalent to 2 to 4 servings of milk a day depending on age and physiological condition.

In children from 6 months, at school age and for adults in general it is recommended to consume 2 to 3 servings of milk or the equivalent in dairy products. Those over 60 should consume 2 to 4 servings daily. During adolescence, pregnancy and for breastfeeding mothers 3 to 4 servings are recommended.

*One serving of milk is equivalent to 200-250 ml ─ one cup ─, whilst a serving of yoghurt is 125g. A serving of mature cheese is around 40-50 g and 125 g for fresh cheese.

At what age can babies start drinking cow's milk?

Nursing infants are recommended to only consume breast milk during the first six months of life or, when this is not possible, to be fed with adapted milk formulas based on cow’s milk. Later, in young children and of school age it is recommended to consume 2 to 3 servings of milk or the equivalent in dairy products.

*One serving of milk is equivalent to 200-250 ml ─ one cup ─, whilst a serving of yoghurt is 125g. A serving of mature cheese is around 40-50 g and 125 g for fresh cheese.

Can I drink milk if I am lactose intolerant?

If you are lactose intolerant, you can enjoy our best Únicla Lactose-free milk, available in two varieties: semi-skimmed and skimmed.

Can celiacs drink milk?

Milk does not contain gluten, so it is a totally suitable for celiacs, as are all dairy products (yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter…).

Are milk fats harmful?

Recent studies show that although milk fat was considered not beneficial due to its high content of saturated fatty acids, it is not only not harmful for cardiovascular health and other chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes, but could have a protective effect through some saturated fatty acids present in milk fat.

In addition, milk fat contains oleic acid ─ a monounsaturated fatty acid ─ in a proportion of about one third of its fatty acids. Consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) is mainly related to beneficial changes in the lipid profile, such as lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol/HDL ratio, and increasing HDL cholesterol, known as “good cholesterol”.

If you are concerned about reducing your calorie intake, you can opt for skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.

How should I conserve the milk?

From packaging, milk has a shelf life of about 4 months until the expiry date. During that period, it is recommended to keep it in a cool, dry place. It should be refrigerated after opening.

Is Feiraco milk 100% Galician?

Feiraco milk only comes from our members’ dairy farms, located in 18 municipalities concentrated in the area of influence of the A Coruña regions of Santiago, Ordes and Arzúa. It is 100% Galician.

What are the Feiraco brand products?

Feiraco sells classic milk (whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed) milk for Catering, Únicla milk (with five products: Whole, Semi-Skimmed, Skimmed, Lactose-free Semi-Skimmed and Lactose-free Skimmed), milkshakes, cream (whipping and cooking), drinking yoghurt that does not require refrigeration for conservation (Yogu+) and cheese (Tetilla, Arzúa-Ulloa varieties and block cheese.

Where can I buy Feiraco products?

In Galicia, you can buy Feiraco milk at any food store. In the rest of Spain, our products are available at El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, Día and Leclerc chain stores.

What does the acronym UHT mean?

UHT stands for Ultra-High Temperature and refers to the heat-treatment process that the milk is subjected to for conservation. This process involves subjecting the milk to an injection of high-pressure steam for a few seconds, reaching 150°C, in order to kill germs and prolong its shelf life. This way, the milk keeps all its vitamins, proteins and minerals, as well as its flavour.

How does Feiraco guarantee the quality of its products?

At Feiraco we strive every day to bring you the best dairy products, with maximum quality guarantees from source.

Our cooperative’s organisational model allows us to control and optimise all stages of the production process. At Feiraco we have an integrated food quality and safety system, based on ISO 9001 and ISO 22000. This system covers the entire manufacturing chain, from the production of cow’s milk at our dairy farms to the packaging and marketing of the final products.

But the best milk can only come from the best farms. Feiraco milk only comes from our members’ farms, all of which are located in Galicia. Our members are the key element in our cooperative and we offer them permanent support and advice through our specialised technical team.

The quality guarantee of Feiraco products starts even before the selection of the best raw materials. Feed at our dairy farms is also one of our main concerns. Which is why we make our own animal feed, designed to suit our cow’s feeding needs in order to produce the best milk.

Our efforts for quality and innovation are supported by the Letra Q, Galega 100% and Galicia Calidade quality marks.

What does the ”Galega 100%” certification that appears on the packaging mean?

All varieties of Feiraco milk (whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, skimmed milk, milk for Catering and Feiraco Únicla milk) have been awarded the Galega 100% quality mark, issued by the Asociación Laboratorio Interprofesional Galego e Análise do Leite (LIGAL).

This distinction is a reflection of Feiraco’s values and commitment to its members and consumers: to always offer the highest quality in our products and only use milk from our cooperative members, all located in Galicia.

The Galega 100% quality mark guarantees that the raw materials used for the production of milk and all dairy products come exclusively from the farms registered in the Dairy Farms of Differentiated Quality Register.

To be included in this register, our dairy farms have had to continuously meet higher parameters than those required by EU standards, both in terms of food hygiene and safety and in compliance with the highest standards of milk quality.
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What does the “Galicia Calidade” mark imply?

Galicia Calidade is one of the most widely recognised quality marks to distinguish Galician products of the highest quality. Feiraco milk and Feiraco Únicla milk, as well as our yoghurt and milkshakes are covered by this quality mark.

As a consumer, the Galicia Calidade mark not only guarantees Galician origin, but it is also a guarantee of trust, prestige and quality.

Holding the Galicia Quality certification means that all our products continuously surpass the various inspections and audits required, for which purpose it is necessary to have raw materials of the highest quality and optimal production processes giving priority to innovation and guaranteeing maximum food safety.

What does the acronym PLS mean?

It means Productos Lácteos Sostenibles (Sustainable Dairy Products).

Along with another 14 dairy industries and 9 distribution companies, Feiraco is part of a Cooperation Agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment for the implementation, development and promotion of a sustainable dairy product programme.

The PLS (Sustainable Dairy Products) logo printed on our packaging not only guarantees the traceability and the Spanish origin of the milk, but also certifies that it has been contracted under conditions that ensure the economic sustainability of the dairy sector. To receive the PLS certificate, dairies must periodically pass a comprehensive control system on the procedures, mechanisms and instruments that are in place to meet these conditions.

What do we do to conserve the environment?

At Feiraco, sustainable development is a key mainstay in our strategy.

Therefore, we maintain an unwavering commitment to the environment through a constant concern for the efficient management of resources, minimising the environmental impact of our activities and the conservation and improvement of our environment.

Our environmental policy focuses on different lines of action, including reducing energy and water consumption, choosing recyclable materials, efficient waste management and increasing awareness through specific training courses.

We also work actively to reduce our carbon footprint. For example, Únicla farms reduce CO2 emissions by 10%.

Environmental initiatives
The sense of responsibility towards our environment has resulted in many initiatives with which we aim to promote its care and conservation.
Feiraco participates in the European Susmilk Project 2013-2017. The aim of the project is to initialise a system change within the whole processing and marketing chain for milk and dairy products to minimise energy and water consumption and establish renewable energy resources.

We have energy saving programmes in operation at the major dairy farms. In addition, we reduce the use of fertilisers and encourage the use of alternative energies.

We have worked on the optimisation of milk collection routes, reducing transport costs and minimising their environmental impact. As a result of our concern for reducing CO2 levels, we have also developed a study that aims to examine the relationship between livestock feed and CO2 emissions.

To make the Feiraco product packaging, we use FSC certified paper, guaranteeing it has been produced from raw materials originating only from responsibly managed forests.

What is FSC?

It is the mark of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an independent organisation set up to promote responsible forest management worldwide.

All varieties of Feiraco milk (whole milk, semi-skimmed milk, skimmed milk, milk for Catering) and Feiraco Únicla milk and our yoghurt, milkshakes and cream, are sold in Tetra Pack cartons with the FSC label. The FSC label guarantees that the wood fibres used in Tetra Pack packaging are traceable throughout the supply chain and that the paper used comes from FSC certified forests and other controlled sources.

It is another example of our environmental commitment.

What is Únicla?

Únicla is Premium milk, unique in its class, with high added value, which aims to becoming the leading classic milk for its flavour.

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What values does Únicla contribute to our diet?

Únicla has exceptional nutritional properties that make it a food of very high value in our diet. It is very healthy milk containing balanced lipid profiles. Únicla naturally contains Omega 3 and CLA, and an appropriate Omega 3/6 ratio. It also stands out for its very high level of natural antioxidants. A natural source of selenium, contributing to cell protection against oxidation and improving the immune system.

What is behind the iTQi Superior Taste Award logo displayed on Únicla milk?

iTQi is the acronym of the International Taste & Quality Institute. Based in Brussels, it is the leading association dedicated to tasting and promoting superior tasting food. The International Taste & Quality Institute awards the Superior Taste Award, considered the “Michelin Guide” of food products. Our Únicla milk has been honoured with this prestigious award, earning the highest score (3 gold stars).

This is a unique recognition because iTQi works in association with the 15 most prestigious culinary institutions in Europe, such as the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, the Academy of Culinary Arts, the Hellenic Chefs’ Association, the Académie Culinaire de France, the Verband der Köche Deutschlands, the Federación de Asociaciones de Cocineros de España, the Federerazione dei Cuochi Italiana, Årets Kock of Sweden, Euro-Toques, the Gilde Van Nedrlandse Meesterkoks, the Associação de Cozinheiros Profissionais de Portugal, Craft Guild of Chefs, the Turkish Cooks Association, the World Master Chefs Society (WMCS) and the Association of Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).

How is Únicla milk produced?

Winner of the First European Award for Cooperative Innovation in 2009, the distinctive character of Únicla milk is the result of the special care of our cows’ feed and welfare.

In addition, at Únicla we take special care of quality from source. Thus, at Feiraco we have 9 certified farms with the highest international distinction in the area of food safety: the UNE-EN ISO 22000:2005 standard. With this certification, our cooperative’s farms have set an unprecedented milestone in Europe.

As a consumer, this recognition guarantees the highest quality of our dairy products from the source of the cow’s milk production at our cooperative’s dairy farms.

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