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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The drugs control department has warned dairy farmers in the state against administering the hormone oxytocin to cattle-a widespread and illegal practice across northern India to enhance milk production.

Though dairy farmers in the state rarely inject cows with the drug, the warning is being issued as per the directive from the cattle and dairy development department under the Union ministry of agriculture, said state drugs controller P Hariprasad.

Oxytocin, a Schedule-H drug, can be supplied only on the prescription of a registered medical practitioner. In fact, administering it to cows is harmful to them and they are likely to lose their reproductive ability. Besides, consumption of milk contaminated with oxytocin can create severe hormonal complications in people, and this is cited as one of the major reasons for early onset of puberty in children.

Though several laws in the country, including Drugs Control and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, ban the sale of oxytocin without a prescription from a registered medical practitioner, dairy farmers often procure the drug from illegal sources. “Oxytocin is administered as an injection or as IV infusion to pregnant women as well to induce labour. It has to have a prescription, and even in animals the injection can be given only under the supervision of registered veterinary practitioners,” the drugs controller pointed out.

Moreover, against the common belief, oxytocin do not enhance milk production in cattle but only stimulates uterine contractions and allow easy flow of milk, making the flow faster to procure a few additional litres of milk for a short-term.

“The distribution and sale of oxytocin is under close observation of the drugs control department. Stringent action will be initiated against the dealers if they are found violating the laws,” Hariprasad added.

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