Harmful effects of milk residues on humans and dairy animals.
Harmful milk residues comprise antibiotics, mycotoxins such as aflatoxins and adulterants.
Did you know, if your dairy animals consume high amounts of aflatoxin through feed and fodder, it results in over 20% decrease in milk production!! Improperly stored feeds often contain multiple mycotoxins, and they affect the health of dairy animals. A single large dose of a mycotoxin can cause an acute toxicity in cattle, but in reality the health effects on animals can be seen over time with low levels of toxin intake. Mycotoxins affect dairy cows by reducing feed intake, capacity to utlize the nutrients in feed and reducing immunity. They also cause reproductive problems and skin irritation over a period of time. All of these problems lead to reduction in milk production and losses to the dairy farmer.
If your milk has residues of antibiotics and high level of aflatoxins and adulteration, it can be harmful for human health. As per research, because of antibiotic residues antibiotic resistant bacteria are found to be transferred to humans. Autoimmunity, hepatotoxicity, reproductive disorders,
Mutagenicity are reported to be caused because of antibiotics. Some specific antibiotics such as Sulphamethazine, Oxytetracycline may be responsible for cancer or carcinogenicity , Gentamicin may cause kidney damage or Nephropathy, bone marrow toxicity may happen due to Chloramphenicol and allergy due to Penicillin.