20 June 2001
FSA urges new milk treatment
By FWi staff
FOOD safety watchdogs are urging the dairy industry to change the way milk is treated in order to kill a bug linked to a painful intestinal disease.
The Food Standards Agency want new procedures to destroy the bug mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP).
MAP can survive pasteurisation and some experts believe it triggers Crohns Disease in humans reports the Daily Mail.
Other experts insist that there is no connection between MAP and Crohns, which has also been linked to drinking water and vitamin deficiencies.
Crohns disease symptoms include stomach pain, vomiting weight loss and diarrhoea, and it may affect joints and the liver.
The Dairy Council insisted there was no need to panic and that milk was safe to drink, while the FSA said milk was an important and nutritious drink.
The Mail says this is disastrous news for farmers struggling to recover from BSE and foot-and-mouth.
- FSA conference on Crohns milk link, FWi, 02 October, 2000
- Milk not to blame for Crohns?, FWi,
26 June 2000
- Daily Mail, 20 June ,2001, page 15
- Crohns bug lives in pasteurised milk, FWi, 25 January, 2000
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