May 18, 2004
News Release 04-044
Inv. No. 332-453


Imports of milk protein concentrate, casein, and caseinate may have displaced 318 million pounds (on a protein basis) of U.S.-produced milk protein products over the 1998-2002 period, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission in its newly released report Conditions of Competition for Milk Protein Products in the U.S. Market.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, conducted its investigation at the request of the Senate Committee on Finance. As requested by the Committee, the report examines the competitiveness of a variety of milk protein products in the U.S. market, focusing on milk protein concentrate (MPC), casein, and caseinate. The report also reviews 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. The Committee requested that the investigation cover the period 1998-2002. Highlights of the report follow:

Conditions of Competition for Milk Protein Products in the U.S. Market (Investigation No. 332-453), USITC Publication 3692, May 2004) is available in the Publications section of the ITC's Internet site at A CD-ROM version or printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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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