News - September 29, 2011

Willett has retracted his demand

Wageningen UR no longer has to withdraw its press release about milk, says the American nutrition researcher Walter Willett. The University announced this yesterday evening and said a joint statement would follow.

The announcement follows a telephone conversation between Willett and Marianne Geleijnse, associate professor at the Department of Human Nutrition. The research the controversial press release was based on was collaborative work between their two groups.

Only a couple of days ago Willett was being very critical in the Volkskrant newspaper about the press release, which reported a positive link between drinking one to three glasses of milk every day and protection against cardiovascular diseases. This was apparently a 'misrepresentation giving an extremely distorted version' of the facts.