MILK TOXINS: Drought May Cause Toxic Chemicals In Milk
Also as a result of the drought, milk and cheese will soon be tested for toxic chemicals.
The chemicals are called aflatoxins. They are most harmful to children and they can lead to cancer in certain people.
The chemicals are released by mold found in corn. They can be triggered by excessively dry conditions.
Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture announced that, beginning Friday, milk processors will be required to screen all consumer milk and cheese products, whether it’s delivered in tanker trucks or small cans.
A department spokesman says that no aflatoxins have yet been detected. The testing is precautionary.