Reg­u­la­tor raises alarm over milk qual­ity on an­tibi­otics use

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Brian Ocharo bocharo@ke.na­tion­media.com

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.

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