Chinese Milk Accused Of Sprouting Boobs On Babies

They say that girls are developing earlier and earlier these days, but this is just disgusting. Chinese authorities are investigating reports that three Chinese infant girls prematurely developed breasts after consuming hormone-tainted powdered milk made by Chinese manufacturer Synutra.

The company denied the charges and said there was no scientific evidence linking their milk to the babies’ breasts.

China widens milk powder checks, tests breast milk [Reuters]

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  1. WiglyWorm must cease and decist says:

    Good thing that could never make it in to American super markets…

    Right?… Right?

    • El_Red says:

      I’m just happy none in Canadian supermarkets. Our milk farmers lobby is pretty strong. Maybe is some specialized Asian goods store…

      I don’t know about USA, I know importing milk products is pretty complicated, too.

    • sonneillon says:

      That is actually probably true. It is expensive to ship liquids like this and our farming industry is heavily subsidized. Most of the world cannot compete with our farm goods.

      We are good at agriculture.

      • kompeitou says:

        its powdered milk.

        • sonneillon says:

          Powdered milk is disgusting but similar principle. The milk itself is subsidized so the various forms also get subsidies.

          American food is really cheap. It’s one of the things where when you walk into a supermarket. Most of the food you buy will be made in the country. Seafood is going to be caught wherever and it is difficult to quantify where fish, in international waters 100 miles off of Africa caught by a Canadian Captain on a boat registered out of Panama that docks in Miami, comes from. But most of the food comes from the US because it is generally better quality and it is cheaper.

    • VanessaNYC says:

      Not only is BGH legal and frequently used in the US but, thanks to lobbying by Monsanto, it’s actually illegal for foods that DON’T use BGH to say so on their products. Read it and weep:

      “Have you ever wondered why dairy products made from cows injected with the hormone aren’t labeled? It’s because Monsanto, the original manufacturer of BGH, has aggressively and successfully lobbied state governments in the past to make sure that no legislation is passed that would require such labeling.”

      “As if that wasn’t enough, Monsanto has also insistently sought to make it illegal for dairy products that are BGH-free to say so on their labels, unless the labels also included wording exonerating BGH. How does Monsanto justify such a ban? They say that allowing retailers to tell consumers that a dairy product is BGH-free shouldn’t be allowed, even if it’s true, because it unfairly stigmatizes BGH.”

      source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-robbins/female-infants-growing-br_b_676402.html

    • VanessaNYC says:

      No, this is not right. BGH hormone is perfectly legal and widely used in the United States (it’s illegal in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe).

      “Have you ever wondered why dairy products made from cows injected with the hormone aren’t labeled? It’s because Monsanto, the original manufacturer of BGH, has aggressively and successfully lobbied state governments in the past to make sure that no legislation is passed that would require such labeling.”

      “As if that wasn’t enough, Monsanto has also insistently sought to make it illegal for dairy products that are BGH-free to say so on their labels, unless the labels also included wording exonerating BGH. How does Monsanto justify such a ban? They say that allowing retailers to tell consumers that a dairy product is BGH-free shouldn’t be allowed, even if it’s true, because it unfairly stigmatizes BGH.”

      source: recent article from the Huffington Post entitled, “Female Infants Growing Breasts: Another Disaster From Hormones in Milk Production”

    • aleck says:

      I bet it is still safer than the Monster Energy drink….

  2. fpage77 says:

    Babies with boobs just doesn’t sound right.

  3. diasdiem says:

    Good bye, Chinese Milk! Thanks for the mammaries!

  4. unimus says:

    Does it work on grown women? It’s a billion dollor market!

    /bad taste

  5. El_Red says:

    Hmmm, this is a perfect product for an infomercial. “Grow some”.

    Definitely not for babies.

  6. smo0 says:

    Is it me… or is everyone’s boobs bigger lately?

  7. Charmander says:

    I read a similar story about the same thing – although the girls (and there were boys who developed breasts, too were from South America.

    If you feed cows MASSIVE doses of hormones and antibiotics – what do you think is going to be in their milk? Well, massive doses of hormones and antibiotics.

    That’s exactly why I always buy organic milk for my kids. It costs more, but is definitely worth it.

    • CookiePuss says:

      I recently moved to PA where they have some farms that are licensed to sell fresh milk. I never tried it yet but really want to. Then I read how unpasteurized/untreated milk can have all kinds of junk like salmonella or E. Coli.

      I figure if I can get salmonella from FDA regulated peanut butter I may as well give fresh milk a shot. I’d rather wake up with a stomach ache than waking up to a freshly growing utter coming out of my arm or some such!

      • Big Mama Pain says:

        I’d urge you to do a little more research into raw milk. Salmonella poisoning is the least of your worries with it, not to mention, salmonella poisoning causes more than just a stomach ache.

        There are dairy farms that pasteurize the milk on the farm and will sell it non-homogenized, which is delicious.

        • CookiePuss says:

          Ahhhh. I thought organic was RAW milk–my mistake.

          You know how back in the day they used to deliver milk to your doorstep in those glass bottles where the top had a thick cheese type substance? My parents told me about it years ago and I always wanted to try it. Is that RAW milk or just processed non-homogenized milk?

          I think I have some googling to do!

          • ninjapoodles says:

            That would be non-homogenized, or “cream-line” milk, almost certainly pasteurized. We just today picked up our weekly order from a local grass-fed dairy…they offer the option of cream-line milk or homogenized milk. It’s very fresh, but it is pasteurized. The stuff at the grocery store is most often “ultra-pasteurized” so that it has a very long shelf life. UP milk doesn’t even really have to be refrigerated, but Americans won’t buy it off the shelf in boxes the way other countries do with UHT milk.

            Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized at all…and it’s delicious, and makes beautiful cheese and yogurt. We are able to get raw fresh goat’s milk here, but raw cow’s milk is not legal to sell for human consumption in our state. We do have a “source,” but it’s a closely guarded secret.

            • CookiePuss says:

              Thanks for that info! And your right, I’ve always seen that “ultra pasteurized” and homogenized on the milk from the big box supermarkets but never really knew what that meant.

              Apparently there aren’t many places that can sell raw milk but the place I was looking into says they have to follow very stringent policies and have their cows tested daily. I’m going to try the raw milk at least once just to see how it tastes, then I’ll inquire about the non-homogenized milk and see if they offer that as well. Thanks again for the info. :)

          • Megalomania says:

            Raw milk is nigh impossible to come by in the US due to health regulations. Your best bet is to buy a (dairy) cow

      • Bohemian says:

        Organic doesn’t mean raw milk. Raw unpasturized milk is where the salmonella concerns come from. Organic milk, milk created without hormones are pasteurized.

      • Willow16 says:

        The state of PA is very, very stringent with their inspections for raw milk producers. You can look up the requirements and, if you want to try raw milk, talk to the farmer about their cleanliness requirements. I have bought raw milk from farmers in PA (my state doesn’t allow it so I’ve only tried it when visiting relatives) and it tasted very good and never had any problems.

    • BDSanta2001 says:

      Soy phytoestrogens. Soy is a billion dollar industry, with the best spin doctors money can buy to promote it as a healthy product, damn near “cure-all” status. Soy is recommended to menopausal women to take the edge off, how good is that for babies?
      Likely it’s not any one product, but a combination. Hormones and antobiotics given to cows and soy additives in foods left and right.

      • ghostfire says:

        On the other hand, the Japanese heavily ate soy up until trading and modern farming practices brought more milk and red meat to the island. Then their boobs started getting bigger.

    • foofad says:

      Hormones and antibiotics are organic. I hope you aren’t just looking at the Organic Seal of Approval and assuming it’s healthy.

  8. Djwei says:

    I see what you did there China.

  9. duxup says:

    Bla bla bla, hey cute photo!

  10. momtimestwo says:

    If women would breastfeed, this wouldn’t be a concern.

    • El_Red says:

      Listen troll, many women can’t breasted since either they don’t have enough milk, or for several medical reasons.

      • The Dord says:

        Many are too busy to breastfeed–especially when they work either the same or more hours than men now.

        Weird, with the economy and all, breastfeeding should be on the rise because of formula prices…

        • duxup says:

          You can dramatically cut those formula prices down with coupons and such. It doesn’t take much to be paying a great deal less.

          • MrBeetle says:

            No matter what you pay, it is still > 0.

            My wife BF, but never made enough. Also had a small baby with a bad heart, so we were told to do high-calorie. Either fortified the BM with formula, or made a higher concentrated formula. Were also told to feed out of a bottle b/c it’s less work for the baby.

            Still pumped/fed whenever possible though, and then gave formula after to make up the diff.

          • MamaBug says:

            Target has their brand (up&up) priced at $17 for 40oz. That’s twice the formula (WIC cans are 24.3 oz or something like that) for $5 less.
            Yes, please!! Given I am going to do one hell of a jig when my baby goes on whole milk in exactly one month.

        • Shadowfire says:

          I was wondering why it took so long for Mr. T to post in a thread about milk…

          Completely OT, sorry. ;-)

        • suez says:

          But with this economy, many women are either the only breadwinner in the family, or both parents are forced to work at least one job each just to make ends meet. Baby still needs milk or milk subsitute.

    • Chellie says:

      God forbid they do it in public, though!

    • MMD says:

      I wondered how long it would take for someone to blame women for this.

      Congratulations. You’ve totally missed the point.

    • hellok says:

      If the mom consumes the same tainted milk, well it’s a moot point no??

    • catnapped says:

      This is all Gisele Bundchen’s fault!!!!

    • Marshmelly says:

      No. But you know what is a concern? Children that grow up to be unintelligent, judgmental, and unsympathetic like you apparently are.

  11. Beeker26 says:

    I guess they ran out of lead?

    • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

      They recently had to recall several shipping containers of lead from China. Inspectors found too many toys in them!

      /rimshot

  12. Groanan says:

    If this super-breast milk causes breast gigantism by adulthood, I can see many a parent giving this to their children intentionally, even if it carried an increased risk of cancer (which I imagine it would since cancers like to eat hormones).

    The milk they say makes kids grow up smarter is already a huge hit in many place in the world, combine that with the milk that gives them big breasts and you have a winning formula.

  13. stock2mal says:

    In a related story, black market shares in kiddie porn film studios went through the roof today……

  14. drjayphd says:

    Meanwhile, a shipment of hormone-tainted Powdermilk Biscuits resulted in a rash of below-average children. Guy Noir is currently investigating.

  15. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    I thought the Chinese favored male babies? Hey, China, yer doing it wrong!

  16. dancekat1 says:

    Got Boobs?

  17. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Hrmmm, China is a country of how many people? And THREE babies developed this condition. Is there a chance that it’s a actual medical condition that is showing up in the normal percentage it does anyway?

  18. JMILLER says:

    And with milk prices where they are, you could put it on the teenagers cereal too.

  19. al says:

    this is coming from the land of the used panties vending machine.

    Im surprised they didnt market the milk for what it does.

  20. failurate says:

    Don’t expect it in drinkable form, but it could end up in products that use milk as an ingredient, like chocolates.

  21. westhartfordkid says:

    The weird thing is I have been noticing the cans on the kids at the local Chuck E. Cheese. They are more glorious than I recall.

  22. aleck says:

    Welcome to the world of internet, where news, no matter how ridiculous, spreads fast. What killed rBGH hormone in milk in this country is an email chain that woman started lactating after drinking it. Now, I welcome hormone free milk, but the story was bunk.

  23. drburk says:

    I’ve been using this milk to water down the mud for the cheap drywall I bought. Is that going to be a problem?

  24. Sardis says:

    They can use all the help they can get.

  25. DerangedHermit says:

    So can they feed themselves?

  26. crazydavythe1st says:

    My parents said I had moobs as a baby. Still do sometimes, if I don’t hit the gym for a few months.

  27. aintgotone says:

    Couple years ago there was a scandal that Chinese milk powder made a bunch of babies’ heads gigantic. These milk powder is often consumed by babies in poor families since the parents opt for cheaper brands. Sigh.

  28. Trilby says:

    My ex-husband had boobs…. he drank a lot of milk too.

  29. YdoUthinkURright says:

    Can this somehow explain my man-boobs? And if so, where can I go to get the lawsuit going?

  30. SecretAgentWoman says:

    Ok, why hasn’t there been any new stories posted on the Consumerist for 2 days?

  31. Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

    I’d like to point out that there is such a thing as “breastfeeding”. Some women have problems but why do Chinese women use formula so much?

  32. Captain Packrat says:

    If milk makes boobs bigger, there’s going to be one hellova line at the supermarket dairy case…