Regulator raises alarm over milk quality on antibiotics use
The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) has raised the alarm over heavy presence of drug residues, including antibiotics, pesticides and preservatives, in milk.
KDB’S Voi branch manager and senior dairy development officer, Kaberia Muriungi, said samples tested over the past year showed much of the milk as unfit for human consumption.
“Most samples we have tested have shown a presence of aflatoxins and preservatives, which are health hazards,” said Mr Muriungi, who attributed it to failure by farmers to observe withdrawal of milk were rejected at a cooling plant in Voi over quality concerns
periods after their dairy cattle have been treated.
Speaking at a regional workshop on milk quality standards, he said most farmers did not comply with treatment advice by veterinarians.
“We have also noticed presence of stress hormones in milk because animals are not being taken care of properly,” said Mr Muriungi. “We cannot rule out the possibility that we are consuming milk with high contents of these hormones.”
Drug residues that the official said were discovered in raw milk are detergents, disinfectants, pesticides and mycotoxins. Mr Muriungi also cited cases where traces of preservatives such as formalin and hydrogen peroxide were discovered in milk.
Other factors the official said affected the quality are addition of wheat flour and water in a bid to increase quantity.
Wumingu Milk Cooling Plant unit supervisor Daniel Nyongesa said they have rejected more than 30,000 litres of milk over quality concerns.