Industry Response to Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
05 Jan 2021

What was the response to the revelation that as many as 37% of breast cancer cases may be attributable to exposure to bovine leukemia virus, a cancer-causing cow virus found in the milk of nearly every dairy herd in the United States?

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Up to 37% of breast cancer cases attributable to exposure to bovine leukemia virus? See Is Bovine Leukemia Virus in Milk Infectious? ( and The Role of Bovine Leukemia Virus in Breast Cancer (

The meat and dairy industry’s intransigence in the face of a human health threat reminds me of the antibiotics and steroids issues, continuing to place the public at risk to save a few bucks. See, for example, Antibiotics: Agribusinesses’ Pound of Flesh ( and Zeranol Use in Meat and Breast Cancer (

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