Cow milk contaminated with lead, pesticides
The National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) has found presence of lead, pesticides and several other harmful chemicals in the samples dairy products collected from 27 upazilas under four districts including Dhaka.
NFSL disclosed the survey results at a programme in the Public Health Institute auditorium in Dhaka Sunday.
As much as 96 samples collected directly from dairy farms were found to be contaminated with pesticides (9pc samples), lead (15pc samples), tetracycline (13pc samples), while microbiological impurities were found in 96pc of the samples.
In the 31 samples of packaged milk of all brands available in the market, both local and foreign, 30 per cent of the samples contained tetracycline and one contained lead above permitted levels while microbiological impurities were found in 66-80 per cent of the samples.
The survey revealed that pesticides, lead, chromium, tetracycline, enrofloxacin, ciprocin, and aflatoxin contaminated the cow fodder samples.