MOTHER’S MILK: Dangers Of Buying Online
A new report from a children’s hospital in Ohio shows 75-percent of breast milk sold online contains salmonella.
Some mothers who aren’t able to produce milk for their babies have turned to the internet to buy breast milk.
KWWL reports officials at a breast milk bank in eastern Iowa say the study proves why you should only buy breast milk from a reliable source.
“It really opens liability issues for everyone concerned,” says Jean Drulis, director and co-founder of Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa.
The bank in Coralville is one of only 14 in the United States.
The facility pasteurizes the milk it receives then sends it off for testing. Milk is packed in dry-ice so it never spoils. If any bacteria is detected, the milk is destroyed.
Donors are also carefully screened and must follow strict instructions when donating.