Level Of Pus Cells In Dairy To Rise In Post-Brexit Britain
Britain is leaving the EU on March 29th 2019, and the nationwide food industry is poised to change. A new report from the Office Of The United States Trade Representative has outlined the current barriers to foreign trade that the office is hoping to remove. Some of the changes that post-Brexit Britain could be seeing involve previously disapproved food standards, including allowing much higher levels of pus cells in dairy products.
The report highlighted certain foods that are exported from the US, which are considered unsafe for human consumption by current EU laws, which could soon become legal to sell and consume in post-Brexit Britain.
The report stated “The United States continues to engage the EU regarding the unscientific ban on meat and animal products produced using hormones, beta agonists, and other growth promotants.” Many scientists believe the consumption of these components poses no benefit to human health, and will instead pose a negative impact.
Current EU law permits levels of pus cells in dairy up to 400,000 cells per milliliter of milk to be sold. These pus cells are normally only found when the dairy cows contract a bacterial infection such as mastitis, and an average of 1 on every 3 dairy cows in the UK experiences this infection.
In the US however, the level of pus cells which are deemed ‘safe’ and can be sold legally is up to 750,000 cells per milliliter, which is more than anywhere else in the world. The average number of cells found in a milliliter of milk in the EU is approximately 200,000, which works out to be one million cells in every teaspoon of milk. Organic milk can still contain these pus cells, and these products often don’t contain the antibiotics which are commonly used to treat mastitis.
With the introduction of this proposed new change, post-Brexit Britain may also allow the sale of meat containing steroids and hormones, and crops which contain higher levels of pesticides and fungicides.
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