Pus is a whitish-yellow thick substance that can be found in regions of bacterial infection, including superficial infections, such as pimples, and deeper infections, such as abscesses. Pus is made up mostly of a special kind of white blood cell called ‘neutrophils’. Their main job is to eat and digest invading micro-organisms such as bacteria. In the process of fighting off infection, they die. So, pus is a battleground full of soldiers, living and dead. It also contains bacteria and dead cells from the surrounding tissue. Pus means your white blood cells are attacking infections in your body. Another name for white pus cells is ‘Somatic Cells’. The dairy industry all over the world knows that there is a problem with pus in milk. It uses the Somatic Cell Count (SCC) to measure the amount of pus in milk and gauge milk quality as a general gauge of a cow’s well-being. The higher the Somatic Cell Count, the more pus in the milk. Would you like a glass of pus to drink? You may say no, but every time you drink milk, you drink bags of pus. If you don’t believe me, ask the US, British and European governments. They have a law allowing pus in milk. America allows the highest amount. India doesn’t allow or disallow pus – it ignores the problem totally. Why is there pus in milk? Because any cows/buffaloes that are milked several times a day will develop mastitis or infection of the udders. All dairy cattle are milked several times a day – and mostly in India with unclean and rough hands and their udders get all cracked and infected. Blood and pus accumulate and end up in the milk.
Would you like a glass of pus to drink? You may say no, but every time you drink milk, you drink bags of pus. The dairy industry all over the world knows that there is a problem with pus in milk. It uses the Somatic Cell Count (SCC) to measure the amount of pus in milk and gauge milk quality as a general gauge of a cow’s well-being. The higher the SCC, the more pus in the milk. One culprit causing the hundreds of millions of pus cells in every litre of milk is “bovine growth hormone,” the Monsanto Company’s growth hormone marketed as Posilac.
One culprit causing the hundreds of millions of pus cells in every litre of milk is “bovine growth hormone,” the Monsanto Company’s growth hormone marketed as Posilac. Posilac is now widely used by dairy farmers to increase the amount of milk that cows produce. This genetically engineered recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is injected into cows every other week to force them to produce more milk than their bodies normally would. Because cows are not built to produce this much milk, they are prone to a painful udder infection called mastitis. When they are milked, pus and bacteria from the infection flow right along with the milk. The journal Nature reports that Posilac increases somatic cells—pus—in the milk by a whopping 19 percent! Monsanto’s own data show a 79% increase in mastitis and a 19% increase in SCC.
Any animal that is continually milked will eventually develop mastitis, an infection of the teat. There is no difference between the pus count in pasteurised milk and raw milk, large dairies or two cows owned by a villager. Hormone treated cows, in confined spaces, over-bred for production and over-milked several times a day, are going to be stressed, have mastitis and this WILL mean far inflammatory cells in the milk. Cows, under normal conditions, would supply about ten pounds of milk a day. Now they have to produce up to a hundred pounds of milk a day! Whether handled by a man milking the cow himself or by machine when metal clamps are attached to the cow’s sensitive udders, the udders become sore and infected. Pus forms and is excreted into the milk.
All dairy owners and researchers say that mastitis is a widespread condition affecting 30-50% of cattle.
Pasteurisation or boiling does not clear pus cells. India has NO standards or checks for SCC which means that almost 90% of the cows have mastitis. According to the papers presented at the International Dairy Federation in Vienna, mastitis cannot be eradicated from dairy herds. So there is need to establish a world standard for SCC or pus levels. How much pus do you agree to pay for and drink every day? Would you feed your child milk, if you knew that a glass contained 500 pus cells? Most people answer that they would not accept milk with any pus in it at all for their own children.