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Complainant Name:
Mrs Marilyn Handley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


This complaint was originally made to the PCC. As the PCC closed on 8 September the complaint was resolved by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) under PCC procedures. IPSO is the new independent regulator of the newspaper and magazine industry.

Mrs Marilyn Handley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice in an article containing advice on how to stem constant tiredness. The complainant said that cows are not injected with hormones to keep them producing milk; that they are not treated with antibiotics which can pass into milk consumed by humans; and that it was inaccurate to say that milk is allowed to have a certain number of red and white pus cells in it.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the article from the newspaper's website and the publication of the following correction in the print newspaper:

"A book serialisation of The Tiredness Cure by Dr Sohere Roked on September 1 said that hormones and antibiotics injected into dairy cattle can pass into retail milk, that there is a legal limit for the number of pus cells it may contain, and that most flour is ‘bleached'. We are happy to clarify that it is illegal to use hormones to stimulate milk production in the UK, that testing prevents antibiotics from passing into retail milk, and that the limit relates to all somatic cells. Flour is no longer bleached in the UK."

Date Published: 06/10/2014

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