"People will pay a price for putting
political obstruction over progress in
a time that is so critical and urgent."
- Senator Tim Kaine
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
finished a report of antibiotics in milk
and meat which they hesitate to release.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014 , the Wall
Street Journal wrote:
"For the second time this year, a group of
U.S. Senators is pressing the FDA to
strengthen its oversight of antibiotics
that are used in food-producing livestock.
In a letter sent yesterday to the agency,
the senators say they want FDA officials
to collect data on the extent to which
these medicines are used by food producers.
At issue is growing concern that humans
are becoming increasingly resistant to
antibiotics that are widely used in
On Saturday, November 15, 2014 , Bovine
Veterinarian (bovinevetonline.com) posted
a series of lies and distortions regarding
permissible levels of antibiotics in milk.
The dairy industry reporter pretended that
he actually has seen the FDA report which
has not yet been released to the senate.
If that was so, the FDA "leaker" would
be out of a job and our of a career. The
absurd dairy writer laughably wrote:
"A federal government employee with access
to the long-delayed report on the FDA
sampling study spoke to Dairy Herd Management
on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorized to talk about the still-
"The source confirmed that residues were found,
but none in a statistically significant result,
and that one drug would be the main culprit.
When asked if they still consumed milk after
reading the report, the source chuckled and
quickly said, 'Yes.'"
"Our United States dairy industry has a track
record of a high-quality product free of
antibiotics, whether our customers realize
it or not."
Notmilk responded by communicating with the
Bovine Veterinarian reporter:
"Dear Lucas Sjostrom,
"I suspect that you know the truth, but
recognize that there is a chance you do not.
If that is the case, you then have the
opportunity to right a wrong. If you do
not take this opportunity, you will forever
be haunted by yours truly when I reveal
your deceit to the public through my daily
"I challenge you to tell the well-protected
secret regarding FDA permissible level
of antibiotics permitted in milk.
"Fact is, the allowable level of residues of
antimicrobials was once one part per hundred-
million. Today's standard is one part per million.
"In 1994, FDA, Monsanto, and the dairy industry
were aware that cows treated with the genetically
engineered bovine growth hormone rbGH/rbST) would
potentially be stressed with increased cases of
mastitis due to increased milking.
"Monsanto sent their top scientist, Margaret
Miller to work at FDA's investigative branch,
The Centers for Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
Once there, without any testing, Dr. Miller
arbitrarily changed the antibiotic protocol by
increasing the new standard by a factor of
100 times. Today's milk now easily fits well
within that range because of the empowerment
given to Monsanto's ex-employee.
"Miller action befriended her ex-boss, and was
also a gift to the dairy industry, while it
remains an extreme betrayal to American dairy
"Go ahead, show me that you have ethics. Let
the truth be known. Why do I know in my heart
that you lack the courage or integrity to do so?"
I RECEIVED AN EMAIL RESPONSE FROM LUCAS:
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"An interesting take, linking Monsanto to
mastitis to antibiotics. Quite a stretch.
"Based on my first hand experience your
story is hard to believe.
"But I happen to doubt that is how the story
might have played out based on the checks
and balances we have. Things like that can
happen, sure, but conspiracy theories are
usually just theories.
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I responded to Lucas by reminding him
that I name names and give details which
are easily confirmed.
That is the last I heard from him.
For a seemingly bright and sincere man,
this Lucas Sjostrom personifies the
industry he represents: A big phony
and a fraud.
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"Sincerity - if you can fake that,
you've got it made."
- George Burns
"It is abhorrent to me when a fine intelligence
is paired with an unsavory character."
- Albert Einstein
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