"Antibiotics in Milk" is not a new topic in dairy farming, but a painful one for commodity producers. After all, in addition to the treatment of cows, the farm has to incur significant losses during the so-called "piercing" of cows, when the animal is not milked in the general system because of the presence of milk antibiotics of one group or another.
Veterinary medicine does not stand still and constantly comes to the market new generation of drugs, which, according to the manufacturer, do not leave traces in the milk. But all these assurances are crumbling in the process of determining antibiotics in milk with the help of special test-systems.
TESTS FOR ANTIBIOTICS IN MILK
I remember three years ago, LT-MTUSBIO (3 in 1) ULTRA tests were in progress, which worked on the detection of antibiotics of tetracycline group and beta-lactam (penicillin).
Only a short time has passed and more sensitive test systems, such as PIONEER, have been published that can detect two more groups of antibiotics; chloramphenicol and streptomycin.
I must say that everyone can learn how to identify antibiotics in milk using these tests.
The visual decoding compares the intensity of the two lines (test and control). If the test line is more visible than the control line, it can be concluded that there are no antibiotics. If the test line is slightly weaker than the reference line, antibiotics can be said to be present.
Hereinafter I quote from the instructions for two veterinary drugs:
"... Milk can be used for nutritional purposes no sooner than 96 hours after the last administration of Mastiente Forte..."
"...The use of milk for nutritional purposes is permitted 96 hours after the last IMM Multibay introduction to cows..."
It would seem four days, that's all, we can milk our cow again in the general system. But it wasn't here. Often, by checking the milk for antibiotics, we distinguish the presence of a particular group.
Therefore, before you start milking a cow in the general system, you need to make sure that there are no antibiotics in the milk. If you doubt the result (the visibility of the strips) of the test system, do the test again or wait a couple of days.
Basically, if you find a group of antibiotics in your milk, your vet should always tell you if they are being used.
For example, we found beta-lactamas, which are probably penicillin. For example, it is contained in the preparation "Mamifort", tetracycline is contained in "Mastita Fort", streptomycin is "Multiject" and so on...
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF ANTIBIOTICS IN MILK?
This is the most interesting question. I have my own opinion on this, but it was not superfluous to study additional information. To my surprise, I couldn't find any obvious reasons why milk with antibiotics wasn't allowed to be processed. It all comes down to the fact that antibiotics destroy human bones and injure certain organs.
Yes, I do not argue that the consumption of antibiotics (take the usual course of treatment for human influenza), of course, all the useful microflora in the intestine dies. Therefore, it is often recommended to take biogurts or biopreparations such as "Linex" in parallel.
But nowhere have I read about the danger of human allergies to antibiotics. And the symptoms of allergies are divided into general and local. Among the general ones are such as:
Anaphylactic shock is a sudden drop in blood pressure, laryngeal edema, breathing problems, skin rash, itching and reddening of the skin;
Serum-like syndrome - allergies develop in a few weeks. Characteristic of joint pain, skin irritation, fever.
There are also syndromes: drug fever and epidermal necrolysis. That is, it is possible to fatal outcome, if you do not provide timely assistance.
And, perhaps, the main factor: antibiotic hinder the work of starter in milk.
After all, as we remember, they kill all the microflora. Therefore, for example, to get cottage cheese from milk, which contains antibiotics is problematic. As a minimum, the yield of the same cottage cheese products will decrease. Naturally, dairy processors do not take such milk into production.
Therefore, when choosing milk, be vigilant and choose a proven producer.
Drink quality milk and stay with us!