Stop drinking antibiotics in the name of milk

Stop drinking antibiotics in the name of milk

Identify which of the following statements are TRUE

a. Milk containing antibiotic residue is sold in India.

b. Milk is not tested frequently and yet antibiotics are found often.

c. Antibiotic usage in the dairy sector is unregulated.


India is the largest producer of milk in the world. Unfortunately, we also rank 4th globally in the usage of antibiotics in livestock.1 And the answer to the above question is option D.

Just like people, cows do get infections that need to be treated with antibiotics. The problem begins when these medicines are administered in an unsupervised manner. Farmers often self-diagnose symptoms and self-medicate without veterinary intervention. Most antibiotics are available over-the-counter, without a prescription.

The Centre for Science and Environment and World Health Organization have both recently expressed concerns about the effects of antibiotic residue in milk.2When milk from cows under treatment is consumed, traces of the antibiotics are passed on to humans. A continuous exposure to antibiotics leads to a serious medical condition called ‘antibiotic resistance’ where the body cannot use the support of antibiotics to fight infections.

Akshayakalpa Organic is the only dairy enterprise in India that tests milk for antibiotics at the farm and plant levels. We have done this for 11 years at each of our farms and continue doing this every day. The preferred method of treatment by our vets is using ayurvedic and homeopathic remedies. Any cows that require to be treated with antibiotics for severe ailments at our farms are quarantined and their milk is not included as a part of the produce. It is only after passing all quality checks that milk is packaged and supplied to consumers.

Every glass of milk that ever leaves our farms is naturally healthy, full of nutrients and free from antibiotics and synthetic additives – That’s the Akshayakalpa promise to you!