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Cancer-causing fungus found in raw milk

The Local · 7 Mar 2013, 10:13

Published: 07 Mar 2013 10:13 GMT+01:00

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Before being pasteurised, milk from the farm had twice as much aflatoxin – produced by the Aspergillus species of mould – than national standards allow.

There was a possibility that the contaminated raw milk had already been sent to dairies for processing, the state Consumer Protection Ministry said. Until the milk has levels below 50 nanogrammes of aflatoxin per kilogramme of milk it may not be sold. Current levels were around 100 nanogrammes.

Milk from cows which have ingested aflatoxin – one of the strongest naturally occurring carcinogens – is “particularly dangerous,” said Udo Paschedag from Lower Saxony's Agriculture Ministry.

At the weekend, hundreds of farms in Lower Saxony were banned from selling milk after the same fungus was discovered in feed from Serbia. Certain instances saw the raw milk containing 30 times the acceptable limit of aflatoxin.

The source was traced back to 10,000 tonnes of a Serbian shipment of contaminated maize which found its way into animal feed delivered to 3,560 farms in Lower Saxony, including 938 dairy farms.

The NRW farm obtained its livestock feed from a supplier in the Lower Rhine region, which had sold 200 tonnes of contaminated Serbian maize. Although this is not thought to be connected with the maize in circulation in Lower Saxony.

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Aflatoxin-riddled feed was also identified in three other farms in NRW, the milk from which all fell just under the acceptable limit. Around 70 farms likely bought feed from the Lower Rhine supplier.

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12:31 March 7, 2013 by nonicknameleft
Aflatoxin occurs everywhere and not just in Serbian cow feed. As long as some grains or hay in animal feed are damp and beginning to mold this promotes it growth.

I am suprised why start the article with "Before pasteurization" as thought alfatoxin can be removed through pasterization?? Alfatoxin cannot be removed by high heat treatments! and I suprised that there is even an allowed limit. So is it safe to assume most milk have an "allowed" existing alfatoxin level that is proven to damage liver function in humans? Oh dear. Stay off the milk!
12:52 March 7, 2013 by ichbines
@nonicknameleft Bravo!

And my 2 cents:

As if anything normal could come out of a creature forced to stand in the same spot its entire life! Why do we drink milk anyway? We humans stem from primates. In other words mainly vegetarians. Have you ever seen a primate sucking on a cow? Who's bad idea was this anyway? Milk by its very nature causes cancer in humans. Proven by the China study. Most cultures cannot drink it because it causes immediate pain (lactose intolerance). And in fact those who avoid it have less cancer, go figure!
16:59 March 7, 2013 by Istabraq
Well put ichbines. Milk also causes osteoporosis contrary to the mass marketing campaign saying milk is good for the bones and full of calcium. The three countries in the world that consume the most milk per capita also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. Milk colsumptions causes calcium to drain out of the bones. I also got this information from 'The China Study'.
20:27 March 7, 2013 by gorongoza
Anybody who intends to go into food business can find Deutschland a very suitable country for his investment.


1.Here food consumers do not complain or protest if the business cheats.

2.When problems are discovered with the food a company sells the blame is squarely levelled against a foreign country thereby protecting the company name.

3. The consumers themselves are themselves conditioned to believe that all that can be bad with the food they eat has its origins from outside their borders - nie in Deutschland.

A tiny fraction of the population is, however, disillusioned:they know the truth.
12:58 March 8, 2013 by DOZ
Milk = Autism
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