This so-called “health capsule” appeared (on page C7) in the Times, on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006. This is a terrible piece of misinformation to pass out as fact.
The author of this “capsule” has very little, or no knowledge of the milk process, either on the farm or in the modern dairy.
Well over 60 years ago, I graduated from an Agricultural College. Even at that time, the laws governing the handling of milk were very strict, and were carefully enforced.
Look at this “capsule.” It says that cows’ milk does contain pus from mastitis. It also says that this milk, with the pus in it, goes from the cow right into your milk carton.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Milk has to go through a whole swack of tests before it gets to your carton. All milk has to be pasteurized before it is sold. This kills all harmful bacteria, which is why it is done in the first place.
In a modern dairy operation, there is no way that any disease bacteria can appear in your milk.
This “capsule” insults everyone who is involved in the dairy industry–farmers, handlers, distribution, commercial dairies, and so on.
Information like this should never be printed, or distributed in any other way. I don’t know where this originated, but it must be from a very uneducated source.
Your readers should be very careful when looking at these so-called “health capsules.” Don’t believe it just because it contains the word ‘health.’
Yours very truly,
Alan W. Lowe