The objective of this research was to determine the content of conjugated linoleic acid, an anticarcinogen, in dairy products. Fifteen cheeses, three fermented dairy products (other than cheeses), and four fluid milk products (two brands for each product) were included in the survey. Total lipids, fatty acids, protein, moisture, and titratable acidity were also measured to determine the relationship between the content of these constituents and conjugated linoleic acid content. The conjugated linoleic acid content of cheeses ranged from 3.59 to 7.96 mg/g of lipid. Blue, Brie, Edam, and Swiss cheeses had significantly higher conjugated linoleic acid content than the other cheeses. Sharp Cheddar cheeses tended to have higher conjugated linoleic acid content than the medium Cheddar cheeses, but the increase was not significant. The conjugated linoleic acid content of the other fermented dairy products ranged from 3.82 to 4.66 mg/g of lipid, and cultured buttermilk had the highest content. The conjugated linoleic acid contents of four fluid milks ranged from 3.38 to 6.39 mg/g of lipid and were not significantly different from one another. Multiple linear regressions of conjugated linoleic acid content and the total fatty acid content indicated a relationship between conjugated linoleic acid content and the content of precursors and intermediates of conjugated linoleic acid formation, including linoleic and oleic acids.