This week the blogosphere has been buzzing with reports that female infants in China who have been fed formula have been growing breasts.
From The Huffington Post:
According to the official newspaper, medical tests performed on the babies found levels of estrogens circulating in their bloodstreams that are as high as those found in most adult women. These babies are between four and 15 months old. And the evidence is overwhelming that the milk formula they have been fed is responsible.
Synutra, the company that makes the baby formula consumed by these babies, insists it's not to blame. Company execs say that "no man-made hormones or any illegal substances were added during the production of the milk powder."
If the company is actually telling the truth this could mean the hormones entered the food chain when farmers reared the cows. Bovine growth hormones are used in China, as they are in the U.S., to promote greater milk production. Furthermore, a number of food products sold in the U.S. today come from China. So could some of this tainted formula make its way to your supermarket? Maybe. Maybe not. And, according to food writer John Robbins, there's really no way to know if the infant formula you purchase has been made with milk products from China.
Click here to read more from Robbins and learn what you can do if you're worried about the dairy you purchase.