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Milk tests reveal widespread contamination

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Recent tests reveal a significant portion of conventional nonorganic cow’s milk sold in the U.S. contain pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics, including some that are not legally permitted in dairy production. Organic milk, on the other hand, was not found to contain these contaminants
  • Of the 35 conventional milk samples tested, 60% contained antibiotics, including amoxicillin, oxytetracycline, sulfamethazine, sulfadimethoxine and sulfathiazole
  • Between 26% and 60% of the conventional milk samples contained pesticides, including chlorpyrifos (59%), atrazine (26%), diazinon (60%), cypermethrin (49%) and permethrin (46%), which may pose health risks to children
  • Organic milk has a healthier ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 than conventional. According to previous research, organic milk contains 25% less omega-6 fats and 62% more omega-3 fats than conventional milk
  • While the U.S. FDA and the USDA insist raw milk will increase your risk of death and disease, foodborne illness statistics offer no support for such claims. In fact, data analysis reveals you’re 35,000 times more likely to get sick from any other food than raw milk

A number of food tests reveal contamination is a significant problem, and while authorities insist levels are unlikely to do any harm, they’re talking about contaminants found in any one given food — not the levels you might be exposed to by eating them all in combination, every day of the year for a lifetime.

Common contaminants found in food include herbicides and pesticides, drugs, heavy metals and environmental contaminants such as dioxins, PCBs and the flame retardant PFOA.


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