Due to several health benefits, milk is considered as a complete food that contains all the vital nutrients. Earlier, every person drinks the purest milk and so, extracts many nutrients from the milk. But, we cannot get the essential nutrients from the contaminated milk, whereas, drinking of pure milk is just like a dream now a day’s. Milk is lacking so many healthy nutrients and further some more nutrients are also eliminated during the processing methods in the milk dairies. Moreover, dairy cows are injected with a chemical named oxytocin, a hormone that used to increases the production of milk in cattle. Oxytocin or Pitocin injections are given to the pregnant women for inducing artificial labor, but commercially oxytocin injections are used over the cattle, two times in a day, in tabelas. After injecting the chemical hormone, the stored milk in the udder of the animal released, and giving extra liters of milk. This hormone contracts the uterus of animal causes severe pain each and every time when it is injected into the cattle’s body and its prolonged use causes neurological problems, difficulty in conception that may lead to infertility and with regular use, the cattle loses the control over udder which gets inflamed and infected with the pus and reduces the life expectancy. However, the government of India has banned the use of oxytocin injection on animals because of its several negative health issues under section 12 of Food and Drug Adulteration Act, 1960 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals act. But the rules and regulations exist only on the papers because the milkmen, villagers, and farmers do not follow the regulations and still grabbing the profit by getting the injections from the chemist’s shops without any prescriptions of veterinary doctor and it is quite miserable in India. The injected oxytocin reaches into the human body through the consumption of milk and causes several side effects in men, women and children, such as- Early puberty in girls, Gynecomastia (female-like features in male), Hormonal imbalance in children, cardiovascular problems, including cardiac arrhythmia, increased or decreased blood pressure, premature ventricular contraction etc., irregular monthly cycle in girls and women, loss of vision, renal diseases, memory loss, breast cancer and also impotency in males.
Milk dairies do not perform this test, however; boiling before consumption is the best option in order to reduce the traces of oxytocin. To minimize the negative effects of oxytocin boiling of even pasteurized milk is recommended.
Spectro Analytical Lab offers all the facilities and instruments for testing adulteration quality and microbial contamination in milk and other dairy products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.