milk makes you drunk. or not?
Wednesday, October 08, 20088:50 PM
in light of the whole China milk scandal thing, my mum received a very interesting email about it. i got her to forward it to me, so im going to post it up here. how much of this is actually true, i have no idea. but this sounds almost plausible. and no, i didnt do much research (a first!) except the part on melamine and how it's formed. so yeah.
and i apologize for the English because im just copying and pasting from the email (it's in both Chinese and English). i'll try to correct the grammar and stuff to the best i can, but well, there's so much i can do/understand =x
(from a milk collector from China)
"I cannot keep this to myself anymore, for I know the truth!
I am a milk collector from one of the big player companies in the milk industry. It is nothing new, but it is just a matter of time when it will be revealed. This is just the start. Some may say it is immoral for a resigned employee to talk bad about the company. However, it is immoral if I don't tell the truth. After leaving the job, I never drank a single drop of milk again.
The process: milk is collected based on quality in terms of pH, protein content and dry solids. Private collectors collect milk from farmers and send the milk in tanks to the factories. Factories collect samples and pay according to the quality.
Where is the problem?
To earn more, water is added. Even when the milk from one of the farmers spoils the quality of the whole tank, the milk collector will not throw that tank of milk away. If I said farmers are the root cause of the problem, I would be too naive. Milk collectors and factories already know about it.
We never stop collecting milk. We know that we have to maximise the value/profit of the milk. Milk is stored separately according to their qualities. Milk with the best quality will be sent for yogurt making, followed by pure milk and high calcium milk. Low quality milk will be used for "peanut milk" and breakfast milk. As for the milk that turns sour, it will be used to make acidic milk drinks. This is how the company earns money. The cost of the milk is lower than the cost of the box. How about milk that is very smelly? Simple, it is used to make ice cream (as it will smell the best). How about smelly and sticky milk? It is made into industry milk powder, which has its other purpose (milk powder without packing).
We have the world's largest and best developed volumetric storage system which was hailed by the media. However, have you ever thought that such a product was meant for quick sale purposes rather than for storage purposes? What is the use of having such a big warehouse? Acidic milk will taste better the longer it is stored. How about the expiry date? Simple! Put a date which is a month later. I am telling you, the milk that is in your refrigerator has already been expired for a week. You drank it and have no problems. This is because the milk being sold is processed using UHT (ultra high temperature) to kill the germs. There is no nutrient value after the UHT process. This is the saying of someone in China: don't bother about what milk you drink, it it just milk.
There is an advertisement stating that a Chinese company is the world's largest UHT manufacturer. This is not because the technology is good and better than that of developed countries. The reason is developed countries no longer manufacture them.
Some say, "Let's drink high quality milk! The advertisement mentioned that a quality lifestyle should drink that kind of milk. It is expensive, and expensive things are good. It is high in protein, even the Australians look up to us for that!"
I dont believe any cow can produce such milk with such high nutrient levels.
On the current Sanlu milk powder case, as a person who knows the truth and chemistry, I would like to provide my view:
1) Be it the media, factory, national quality control, or to just cheat people, adding melamine directly into the milk is not possible. The price of melamine is not low. Farmers will count its costs and avoid trouble. However, why do they keep saying that someone added melamine? This is because they want to cover a greater problem, which is adding an even more toxic material: urea. Urea is a cheap fertilizer and an economic additive.
2) Why add urea? As a milk collector, the testing of proteins is based on nitrogen content. Urea is a common nitrogen-based fertilizer. It has a unique structure with around 2 nitrogen atoms and something else (which i can't remember). Adding in the urea will increase the nitrogen content and increase the price.
3) Why does urea turn into melamine? It is simple. During the milk making process, fresh milk is kept in high temperatures. It is then sprayed to form milk powder. At high temperatures, urea will then form melamine, and the toxic milk powder is formed.
Lastly, how do I know the truth? A few years ago around 2001 or 2002, I investigated a case where sub-quality milk was used as high quality milk. During the investigation, I learned that they added urea, oil and large amounts of water (potable water or pond water), and used a mixer to mix everything. High protein milk was then produced. The criminals said that it was not their invention but it is infact a common practice. We went to "Tian You" to understand. Indeed, during the collection, they can't afford the money and effort to conduct proper analysis due to the high number of collection points and testing system. On seeing the mixing process done by the farmer, the collector chose to keep quiet. Because of this, I am very certain the Sanlu case will definitely surface.
yeah so that's about it. again i apologize for the English, but hopefully most of it was understandable, especially the important information regarding what is being done to the milk. im not sure if this is true or not, but hey, you never know right? and i have a link on melamine as well, in case you're interested.
and yeah the ice cream you're eating? the 'cream' might have originated from China. i heard that China sells the base 'cream' to other countries, who then make their own ice cream from there using their own ingredients. same goes with smarties and m&ms. omg someone kill me. I NEED CHOCOLATE LOR. what the.
(i repeat: I DO NOT KNOW IF THE ABOVE ACCOUNT IS TRUE. I READ IT, AND THOUGHT OF IT AS A POSSIBLE ANSWER TO THE CURRENT MILK SCANDAL IN CHINA. I AM NOT ANTI-CHINA OR WHATEVER. DAMNIT I AM A CHINESE CAN?!?!?! PLEASE READ WITH A READER'S CAUTION.)
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