Chinese media reported in April 2012 that high levels of hormones and antibiotics were being used on Chinese milk cows and to reduce inflammation. Responding to public concerns, the head of the China Milk Association (中国奶协) did not deny that antibiotics were being used on stocks, but said that milk produced while milk cows were being medicated was discarded and not introduced to the market. In this cartoon, posted by artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to Sina Weibo, the “x” of a pair of bandages and a suture scars an udder depending from a red and white pill, a graphic illustration of the concern that milk products in China might be super-charged with antibiotics to the detriment of consumers.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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