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Study finds milk adulterated with detergent, urea, and formalin

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The Huffington Post, in association with The Times of India Group, have reported that there’s more to fear in milk than just run of the mill pooh.

The Department of Biochemistry at Bhavan’s Vivekananda College conducted a study on adulterants in milk in Hyderabad, India. They found sucrose, skim milk powder, neutralizers, salt, urea, formalin, hydrogen peroxide and detergents in their samples. While skim milk powder, and salt can only be blamed for reducing the nutritional value of milk, the side effects of urea, formalin (a mixture of water and formaldehyde), and detergents can be responsible for diarrhea, kidney damage, hypertension, and even cancer.  No wonder the author calls it “white poison,” which I love. 

So what are these dangerous toxins doing in milk? The article says formalin is added to prolong shelf life, urea is added to improve the whiteness and consistency of milk, and detergents are mixed with water to mimic the foamy appearance of unadulterated milk. Delicious.

While the author of the Huffington Post piece suggests more stringent, quality tests for dairy providers, I think the obvious answer here is to stop drinking cow’s milk altogether. Then, not only are you going to avoid this cocktail of crap, but you’ll stop supporting the exploitation of cows. 

Seriously, go vegan.

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