Cow Urine Unsuitable for Ingestion May Cause Health Problems: IVRI

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Delhi, 11 April 2023: The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) has proclaimed that cow urine, commonly known as ‘gaumutra,’ is unsuitable for human consumption.

According to the veterinary research authority, cow urine comprises harmful microorganisms that can transmit several diseases to humans, making it unfit for ingestion.

This declaration by the IVRI follows the surge in popularity of cow urine as a cure for various ailments and illnesses in India. Many individuals in the country have been using cow urine for its purported medicinal benefits, and it has even been marketed as a cure for COVID-19.

Despite these claims, the IVRI has issued a warning against consuming cow urine, highlighting that it can harbor dangerous pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Brucella, among others. Consumption of contaminated cow urine can lead to severe health issues, including diarrhea, vomiting, and fever.

Furthermore, the IVRI has cautioned against using cow urine as a disinfectant, as it is not effective in killing harmful bacteria and viruses. Instead, the veterinary authority recommended the use of approved disinfectants and other hygiene practices to prevent the spread of diseases.