The great milk beatup

January 28th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Bad enough that an international newspaper does a beatup on New Zealand milk, but then a local newspaper does a front page story proclaiming the world is asking is NZ milk safe to drink.

The key fact in all this comes at the very bottom of the story:

Muller said that a 60kg person would have to drink more than 130 litres of raw milk or consume some 60kg of milk powder to reach the limit for an acceptable daily intake, and considerably more to have any health effects from DCD.

“Clearly, this would never happen.”

If you drank 130 litres of milk in a day, the DCD would be the least of your worries.

The average person would not drink even a litre a day. So the less sexy but more useful reporting would be that the level of DCD is less than 1% of the level allowed or acceptable. People can understand how insignificant a level this is, if you express it like that.

The irony is that DCD is used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Whale Oil is rightfully very critical of the journalist who used the term toxic, as many things can be toxic at a high enough level. Coffee can be.

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15 Responses to “The great milk beatup”

  1. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    Would you expect anything less from our pro left agenda driven MSM? This is not journalism, it is tabloid junk media. Anyone with half a brain ignores it

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  2. dog_eat_dog (789 comments) says:

    Water will kill you if you drink far less than 130 litres of it.

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  3. Kea (13,295 comments) says:

    This is amusing. The same people who think “chemicals” are something to be feared, are the very people who tend to support the AGW story.

    People with a bit of scientific knowledge know that food is nothing but a bunch of chemical compounds, as are people. Many foods naturally contain potentially toxic compounds which our bodies can handle. Also dose is a major factor. You would die from the milk itself way before the minute traces of DCD got you.
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    Another epic fail for Primitivism and the AGW promoters.

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  4. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    Reading leftard media is toxic to the brain at far lower levels than DCD.

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  5. Nick K (1,253 comments) says:

    …as many things can be toxic at a high enough level.

    Including deranged left wing journalists who write for the SST – Slowly Sinking Tabloid.

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  6. Viking2 (11,547 comments) says:

    ah but the same rules have been applied to Kiwifruit and meat and salt.
    Because you can now measure infetisimal amount in a product that apprently make it unfit for human consumption.
    Therein lies the problem with solving the Kiwifruit debacle of PSA.
    Plenty of old sprays that could have stopped the rot. Not allowed to use them because some twat can detect residue. That’s despite the fact that for years it was a safe to use product.
    Trade Barriers come to mind.
    Much like the GE thing.

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  7. Steve (North Shore) (4,587 comments) says:

    dog_eat_dog at 1.10

    Water will kill you if you drink far less than 130 litres of it.

    That would be that dihydrogen monoxide stuff – sounds toxic to me

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  8. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Any more than 2 litres of milk is thorroughly rejected by the body. Just ask any teenage prankster :)

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  9. Neil (588 comments) says:

    Don’t worry the Greens will be all over this .
    They hate the dairy industry and their modus operandi is to use this type of incident to push the anti-dairying message. The Greens are financial wreckers, aiming to bring down our market economy. Their eventual aim is a far left regime where the state will tell you what you can and can’t do.To do this they use the process of divide and rule.
    The Communist philosophy is not dead, it lives on in the deep crevices of the Greens. Well meaning people are being used for political purposes,especially our young.
    A good book to read how the Communists work is “”Iron Curtain” by Anne Applebaum. The crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956. A story how ordinary citizens were deprived of their freedoms by a radical minority. Remember that Keith Locke was at one stage an advocate of the Marxist-Leninist philosophy.

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  10. gump (1,659 comments) says:

    The problem isn’t the amount that has to be consumed to be harmful.

    The problem is that some of our export markets have an allowable limit for DCD of zero. So we have been shipping them a product that doesn’t meet their import standards.

    This is a serious breach of contract and the legal ramifications may be massive.

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  11. Viking2 (11,547 comments) says:

    Trade barrier nonethe less.

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  12. kowtow (8,721 comments) says:

    Udder nonsense.

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  13. kowtow (8,721 comments) says:

    steve

    Penn and Teller and eco prats wanting to ban dihydrogen momoxide.

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  14. Kea (13,295 comments) says:

    Kowtow, that trick has been played on many greenies, including Green Party members here in NZ. It never gets old.

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  15. david (2,561 comments) says:

    Think of a chemical, any chemical. If you look hard enough you will indeed find it. Never mind that the default position if there is no max level specified is for the level to be 0. I would not be surprised that in every full vat of milk in NZ there is a fragment or 2 of elephant DNA. My god, ban NZ milk products, you might start growing a trunk. What rot.

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