By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

HOW MUCH PUS IS IN MILK?

Dear Friends,

Pus is not dangerous.  Pus is rather delicious, especially
when it's mixed with sugar and frozen, or bubbly hot atop
marinara sauce and pizza.  Fermented pus with acidophilus
bacteria makes for a tasty breakfast, especially if jellied
fruit preserves are mixed in. I used to enjoy Dannon's pus,
but Brown Cow makes a brand where the saturated fat rises to
the surface.  Now, that's 'hearty' food!

Many of my dairy-producing adversaries get upset when I
reveal that milk is merely pus with hormones.  Ten pounds of
milk are used to make one pound of cheese.  Cheese is
concentrated pus.

Jim Dickrell's story in the March, 2001 issue of Dairy Today
asks:

"WHAT IS NORMAL MILK?"

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a
milk ordinance governing milk safety.  USDA does not allow
milk containing 750 million or more pus cells per liter to
be shipped across state borders.  That should be good news
to milk drinkers.

Last year, the average liter of milk in America contained
only 323 million pus cells, according to Hoard's Dairyman,
the dairy industry magazine.  Author Jim Dickrell reports
that the level of pus cells has been rising ever since
farmers began using Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone.   Before approval (February 1994), the
average pus cell count in milk was under 300 million cells
per liter.  By 1996, that average count had reached 307
million.  In 1997, the average count was 313 million, and by
1998, the number had reached 318 million.

Researchers working for the National Mastitis Council define
normal and abnormal milk based on the number of pus cells.
According to Dickrell's story, the concentration of pus
cells in "normal milk" is almost always less than 100
million cells per liter.

The number of pus cells in milk is an indicator of the state
of health of the mammary glands and udders in cows.
Stressed and infected cows have cell counts above 100
million.  What does that say for the average milk in
America?  Not very healthy, even by dairy industry
standards.

According to this article:

"When cell counts in milk exceed 200 (million per liter),
the odds favor that the [udder] is infected or is recovering
from infection."

The dairy magazine reports:

"Abnormal milk will be discolored and have flakes, clots or
other gross alterations in appearance."

Gross is certainly an appropriate word to describe pus-
filled milk with clots. This analyses of mastitis
researchers reveals:

"At 400 (million) cells per liter, some 35% of cows will be
infected."

This means that approximately one-third of the cows being
milked at any one time in America are stressed and infected.
Milk from these cows contains large amounts of bacteria,
virus, and pus.  As a consequence, farmers must treat their
herds with increased amounts of antibiotics.

Pam Ruegg, a University of Wisconsin mastitis researcher,
examined more than one million records, and concluded that
the higher the herd's pus cell count, the greater the risk
of antibiotic residues in milk.

Her results were published in the December 2000 issue of the
Journal of Dairy Science.

Robert CohenTHE FUSS ABOUT PUS

HOW MUCH PUS IS IN MILK?

Dear Friends,

Pus is not dangerous.  Pus is rather delicious, especially
when it's mixed with sugar and frozen, or bubbly hot atop
marinara sauce and pizza.  Fermented pus with acidophilus
bacteria makes for a tasty breakfast, especially if jellied
fruit preserves are mixed in. I used to enjoy Dannon's pus,
but Brown Cow makes a brand where the saturated fat rises to
the surface.  Now, that's 'hearty' food!

Many of my dairy-producing adversaries get upset when I
reveal that milk is merely pus with hormones.  Ten pounds of
milk are used to make one pound of cheese.  Cheese is
concentrated pus.

Jim Dickrell's story in the March, 2001 issue of Dairy Today
asks:

"WHAT IS NORMAL MILK?"

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a
milk ordinance governing milk safety.  USDA does not allow
milk containing 750 million or more pus cells per liter to
be shipped across state borders.  That should be good news
to milk drinkers.

Last year, the average liter of milk in America contained
only 323 million pus cells, according to Hoard's Dairyman,
the dairy industry magazine.  Author Jim Dickrell reports
that the level of pus cells has been rising ever since
farmers began using Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine
growth hormone.   Before approval (February 1994), the
average pus cell count in milk was under 300 million cells
per liter.  By 1996, that average count had reached 307
million.  In 1997, the average count was 313 million, and by
1998, the number had reached 318 million.

Researchers working for the National Mastitis Council define
normal and abnormal milk based on the number of pus cells.
According to Dickrell's story, the concentration of pus
cells in "normal milk" is almost always less than 100
million cells per liter.

The number of pus cells in milk is an indicator of the state
of health of the mammary glands and udders in cows.
Stressed and infected cows have cell counts above 100
million.  What does that say for the average milk in
America?  Not very healthy, even by dairy industry
standards.

According to this article:

"When cell counts in milk exceed 200 (million per liter),
the odds favor that the [udder] is infected or is recovering
from infection."

The dairy magazine reports:

"Abnormal milk will be discolored and have flakes, clots or
other gross alterations in appearance."

Gross is certainly an appropriate word to describe pus-
filled milk with clots. This analyses of mastitis
researchers reveals:

"At 400 (million) cells per liter, some 35% of cows will be
infected."

This means that approximately one-third of the cows being
milked at any one time in America are stressed and infected.
Milk from these cows contains large amounts of bacteria,
virus, and pus.  As a consequence, farmers must treat their
herds with increased amounts of antibiotics.

Pam Ruegg, a University of Wisconsin mastitis researcher,
examined more than one million records, and concluded that
the higher the herd's pus cell count, the greater the risk
of antibiotic residues in milk.

Her results were published in the December 2000 issue of the
Journal of Dairy Science.


Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
(201-871-5871)
Executive Director (notmilkman@notmilk.com)
Dairy Education Board
http://www.notmilk.com


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