It’s not all white: The cocktail of up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk

© University of Jaen, Spain

By David Derbyshire
Daily Mail

A glass of milk can contain a cocktail of up to 20 painkillers, antibiotics and growth hormones, scientists have shown.

Using a highly sensitive test, they found a host of chemicals used to treat illnesses in animals and people in samples of cow, goat and human breast milk.

The doses of drugs were far too small to have an effect on anyone drinking them, but the results highlight how man-made chemicals are now found throughout the food chain. [And let’s not forget the effects of biomagnification. ~ Ed.]

The highest quantities of medicines were found in cow’s milk.

Researchers believe some of the drugs and growth promoters were given to the cattle, or got into milk through cattle feed or contamination on the farm.

The Spanish-Moroccan team analysed 20 samples of cow’s milk bought in Spain and Morocco, along with samples of goat and breast milk.

Their breakdown, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that cow’s milk contained traces of anti-inflammatory drugs niflumic acid, mefenamic acid and ketoprofen – commonly used as painkillers in animals and people.

It also contained the hormone 17-beta-estradiol, a form of the sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone was detected at three millionths of a gram in every kilogram of milk, while the highest dose of niflumic acid was less than one millionth of a gram per kilogram of milk.

However, the scientists, led by Dr Evaristo Ballesteros, from the University of Jaen in Spain, say their technique could be used to check the safety of other types of food.

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17 responses to “It’s not all white: The cocktail of up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk

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  2. Great article on an area we are all concerned about, the mystery of what crazy scientific toxins are making their way into our food chain? And isn’t it interesting that it is science that gives us a tool to help us check the dangerous things that science is and has been unleashing on us and our environment.

    Also, isn’t it absurd and ironic to think that it is the macho right wing type of thinkers (the Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld types) who fear feminization that have allowed this toxic situation to evolve via the FDA, USDA and EPA. So now strangely enough what they have allowed is feminizing our wildlife on one hand while dulling it with Prozac on the other (makes for easy duck hunting, huh Chaney). You wonder what kind of strange, “Alice in Wonder Land on Chemicals” we are going to find if we allow them to go much further? It also makes you wonder what kind of precautions they are taking to keep this trash out of the air, water and food in their own homes?

    Doc Blake

    • Blake, you mentioned the Republican leadership. Have you seen any efforts on the part of the Obama Administration to do anything about this? Just curious if there is a difference between the parties. I have only seen the USDA gaining more and more power and chutzpah in the past few years. Cray times!

      • Hi CS,
        Hardly, Obama is just a stooge like the rest of them and the Obama care just promotes the same kind of pharmaceutical trash medical system. He promised to stop the revolving door policy between business and government and then picked the poster child of revolving doors Michael Taylor to be the King of food at the FDA. And the USDA continues to push the GMO’s out the door as fast as Monsanto tells them to do so, GMO alfalfa. They know that the clock is ticking and people are waking up to this fascest business/government monster we have, that needs be on a chain gang not running our government. I am hoping that Ron Paul gets in nod in 2012 he is one of the few who actually does what he says.

        Doc Blake

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  4. This is scary yet at the same time I am not surprised. We are killing and drugging our planet. The only way we’d be safe from this is to raise our own dairy cows. Yet that presents its own problems with radiation fallout from Japan and other assorted contamination factors. Is there an easy solution to this? Probably not at this point because even IF we stopped using these drugs and pesticides now there’s still lingering amounts in our food chain as well as the side effects from it. It would take years to clean things up if at all.

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  6. Also see

    Adverse Effects of Milk 87 Citations
    The Adverse Effects of Milk- Loren Cordain Ph.D and Pedro Bastos
    August 18, 2010 by Seth Parker

  7. Good Lord, people please learn what a withdrawl time is and talk to a dairy producer. There is much to be learned.

  8. @Jon There is an easy solution. Stop drinking milk. You don’t need it. It is specially made for a calf not a human being. Think about it.

  9. Am I right in thinking that Human Beings are the only species to consume milk beyond infancy as well as being the only species to consume the milk of other species on a regular basis?

    Just when and why did we start drinking it?

    • You are right on the money and one of the few who can think deep enough to realize this. But if you are going to drink it and eat its products then raw offers the best and also a strong immunity which is the best way to avoid all diseases and raw milk is one way to get that kind of immune system.

      Have a look at these videos and you see how low medicine has sunk and the last one shows the common sense way out of the mess.
      An in-depth look at the scientific evidence surrounding the existence of HIV. Contains interviews with Dr. Gallo, Dr. Montagnier, Dr. Dauguet (electron microscopist) and doctors from the Perth Group.
      VIDEO: part one part 2

      Here again is the Nobel Prize winner Dr. Luc Montagnier discussing how AIDS and HIV can be cured simply by using Naturopathic Medicine.
      Dr. Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize winner

      Doc Blake

  10. People are missing the worst factor concerning milk: The homogenization process is scarring your arteries internally which then causes your body to react to heal by flooding arteries with cholesterol which attaches to the scarring and heals it. The dead cells left behind is known as plaque build up, which over years of dairy product consumption, will eventually block your arteries and cause heart disease and posssible heart attack.
    Never eat any dairy products made with homogenized milk!

  11. Go Vegan!

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