Cancer From Cows Milk

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A mycotoxin (fungal poison or in german ‘Schimmelpilzgift’) found in imported Maize used to feed cows, pigs and poultry has caused an uproar in German in the last few days.

Just as the German housewife was getting used to horse burgers and free range eggs from chickens which roamed freely over their fellow inmates in factory farms she is now confronted with the risk that her milk may contain excessive levels of the carcinogen Aflatoxin B1.

In their quest to keep cow’s milk as cheap as possible many German farmers have been using cattle feed mixed with Maize from Serbia. The climate in Serbia is such that the Maize is prone to produce the fungus which gives rise to the mycotoxin Aflatoxin B1. German Maize is less prone to this problem because the fungus doesn’t grow so readily in the colder regions. The cattle feed mixed with imported Maize has been fed to the German cows and has found its way into their milk.

German Authorities are checking out local Milk for carcinogenic Aflatoxin B1 suspected to result from feeding cattle with imported maize contaminated with the mycotoxin

German Authorities are checking out local Milk for carcinogenic Aflatoxin B1 suspected to result from feeding cattle with imported maize contaminated with the mycotoxin

Aflatoxin B1, in addition to being a carcinogen can lead to mutations and problems in the immune system.

The problem was identified when, during routine controls, the German Agriculture Ministry found that milk produced in Lower Saxony had levels of Aflatoxin which were slightly above the safe limit. Based on their investigations the authorities stopped deliveries of milk from farms known to have bought feed containing the imported Maize. The Serbian Maize had been mixed into the cattle feed by 13 companies who then delivered the mixed product to 3560 farms involved with cattle, pigs and poultry. Some of the feed was also delivered outside of the Lower Saxony region.

Hundreds of milk producing farms have been shut down by the authorities and as a precaution milk is being tested from all farms which have received the suspect feed. They will be instructed to change to other feed sources if the safe limits of Aflatoxin B1 in the milk are exceeded. Where the limits are exceeded a farm will not be allowed to supply its milk for consumption until at least a week after changing its feed source.

For German-speaking visitors to chrisduggleby.com you can find more information about the Maize cattle-feed scandal by using the link here

If you re interested in other similar articles please take a look at the following:

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29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine – The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen 

6th October 2012: Blue, green or chocolate brown honey: Bee Obesity (“Obeesity”), M&Ms and a potential marketing challenge to Nutella in our children’s lunchboxes

1st September 2012: Multiple antibiotic resistance transfered between harmless soil bacteria and the killer pathogens found in hospitals 

25th August 2012: Bubble Tea – German scientists claim to have found traces of carcinogenic chemicals 

18th August 2012: Polar Bear dies of Encephalitis after catching Herpes from a Zebra in Wuppertal Zoo near Düsseldorf 

11th August 2012: Do you have killer rats/mice in your cellar? Over 2000 people attacked in Germany so far this year (Hantavirus Infections at record levels)

11th August 2012: The next pandemic: Will it be created by man? The debate about research using killer viruses like Avian Flu (H5N1) and Ebola 

21st July 2012: How can I get a human liver – without waiting? (Try Göttingen) – German Transplantation Scandal “Livers for Sale”

23rd June 2012: “Doctors are legally allowed to accept gifts from Pharmaceutical Companies” – In Germany

I bet you can’t wait until the next food scandal!

Chris Duggleby

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