Bovine growth hormones are fed to cows to accelerate their rate of growth. Unfortunately, these hormones are also affecting the babies being fed formulas made from the milk of these cows. Bovine growth hormones are permitted in China for the simple reason that there is no law against using them.

Recent medical tests on infants aged 4-15 months have yielded some highly disturbing results concerning breast development. Levels of estrogen were as high as would be expected in adult women, and the culprit without question is the infant formula, which in this case was made by a company named Synutra.

“No: man-made hormones or any illegal substances were added during the production of the milk powder,” says a spokesman from the company.

The crux of the issue is precisely the fact that bovine growth hormones are legal.

“Since a regulation forbidding the use of hormones to cultivate livestock has yet to be drawn up in China, it would be lying to say nobody uses it. This is what they do in China, and… this is what they do in the U.S,” says Wang Dingmian, the former chairman of the dairy association in the southern province of Guangdo.

Using bovine growth hormones with the end result of extremely early breast growth and puberty is not a new discovery. In the 1980s in Puerto Rico, doctors encountered several instances of early puberty in four-year-old girls all related to the misuse of hormones in dairy cows.

“It was clearly observed in 97 percent of the cases that the appearance of abnormal breast tissue was…related to local whole milk in the infants,” wrote Dr, Carmen A. Saenz in the Journal of The Puerto Rico Medical Association.

These hormones affect the growth of young boys as well as girls, and in many instances surgery was required to reduce breast tissue that became abnormally swollen.

Bovine growth hormones have been banned in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe. In China and the United States their use is not only permitted, it is also encouraged as part of daily feeding routines for dairy cows.

(news source