June 9, 2003
News Release 03-053
Inv. No. 332-453


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched a general factfinding investigation regarding U.S. market conditions for milk protein products.

The investigation, Condition of Competition for Milk Protein Products in the U.S. Market (Inv. No. 332-453), was requested by the Senate Committee on Finance in a letter received May 14, 2003.

In the request letter, the Committee requested the study provide information on the competitiveness of a variety of milk proteins in the U.S. market, focusing on milk protein concentrate, casein, and caseinate and the market for those products compared with other milk proteins, including whole milk, skim milk, dried whole milk, dried skim milk, whey, dried whey, and whey protein concentrates.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide:

The ITC will submit its report to the Committee by May 14, 2004.

The Commission will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on December 4, 2003. Requests to appear at the public hearing (one original and 14 copies) should be filed with the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, no later than 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2003.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be filed at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on December 18, 2003. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated June 6, 2003, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade, and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requestor. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

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