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11 February, 2019 12:31:58 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 February, 2019 01:14:24 PM
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High levels of toxins found in cow’s milk

National Food Safety Laboratory finds lead, pesticides and harmful chemicals in cow’s milk, fodder
Special Correspondent, Dhaka
High levels of toxins found in cow’s milk

National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) has found several toxic elements like lead, pesticides and harmful chemicals in cow milk and fodder that can cause cancer and other ailments after consumption. The government-run NFSL revealed this at a programme at the Public Health Institute auditorium in the city yesterday.

NFSL head and technical manager Professor Dr Shahnila Ferdousi said the findings were based on a survey of samples of cow milk, packaged milk, curd and fodder collected from 27 upazilas in four districts, including Dhaka.

The results of the survey, which was funded by the UN-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), was disclosed in the presence of health and family welfare minister Zahid Malik.

The laboratory had collected the samples of all brands of packaged milk from big food stores and directly from dairy farms and found the presence of pesticides, lead, chromium, tetracycline, enrofloxacin, ciprocin and aflatoxin between 9 and 96 per cent.

According to survey report, 96 samples of cow milk were collected directly from dairy farms and these were found to be contaminated with lead (15 per cent samples), pesticides (9 per cent samples), tetracycline (13 per cent samples) above the permitted levels as per FAO, while microbiological impurities were found in 96 per cent of the samples.

Besides, microbiological impurities were found in 51 per cent of curd samples of different brands collected from sweet shops while one sample contained lead above the permitted level. The surveyors also collected 31 samples of all brands of packaged milk, both imported and locally produced, from the market. They found that 30 per cent of the samples contained tetracycline and one contained lead above the permitted levels, while 66-80 per cent of the samples contained microbiological impurities.

The samples of cow fodders also contained different harmful chemicals such as pesticides, lead, chromium, tetracycline, enrofloxacin, ciprocin and aflatoxin, the survey said.

“It is very dangerous for human consumption if the toxins are found to be above the permissible levels. These may affect the kidney, liver, lung and parts of human body and may also cause cancer,” Dr Md. Nurul Islam, dean of the animal husbandry faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University, told The Independent.

All the chemicals that are found in cow fodders, milk and curd are antibiotics, he said, adding that it was prohibited to collect milk for consumption after pushing any antibiotics into a sick milch cow.

“We normally suggest to the farmers not to consume milk for 5-6 days after pushing antibiotics. But the farmers can feed the milk to calves only after pushing the medicine for 5-6 days,” he said.

Dr Nurul said many unscrupulous people were involved in producing animal feed from tannery wastes as well. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers were also used indiscriminately by the farmers in their crop lands and farmers used the straw as feed purposes, he added. Besides, many farmers collect milk in unhygienic ways without cleansing the udders, he said.

“The authorities concerned should strengthen monitoring at the field level. Besides, awareness should be created among the farmers as well,” he said. State minister for health and family welfare Dr Murad Hasan, director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, health ministry additional secretary (public health) Habibur Rahman and NFSL director Nirmol Sen were also present at the programme.

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