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The dairy industry will have you believe that the antibiotics in cow's milk are within "safe" levels established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Yet, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, FDA quietly announced that 1,800 dairy farms have tested positive for illegal levels of antibiotics in milk, and that they will soon begin random testing of 900 of those dairies. See:

What FDA has not told the public is that during the approval process for Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH), regulators were aware that rbGH-treated cows were getting sick and required more antibiotics, so Monsanto had their top scientist (Margaret Miller) transferred to FDA where she arbitrarily increased the allowable level of antibiotics in milk by 100 times! I discovered the evidence twelve years ago:

On Monday (January 17, 2011), the federal government filed suit against an 850 cow dairy farm for using excess amounts of antibiotics. That story appears at the conclusion of today's column.

It takes twelve pounds of milk to manufacture one pound of ice cream. Concentrated drug-filled milk with the addition of sugar. America's most popular food. The most common antibiotic found in slaughtered dairy cows is LS-50.

Nine years ago (February 7, 2002), Notmilk reported:

LS-50 is an antibiotic made up of two other antibiotics, Lincomycin and Spectinomycin.

Dairy farmers use LS-50 to treat a condition called footwarts. Very unpleasant. Very illegal.

The category of mycins that include LS-50 carry serious warnings regarding their use. FDA works with a manual called the "Green Book."

Remembering that LS-50 is composed of Lincomycin and Spectinomycin, I first looked up the files on every single variation of Lincomycin approved by the FDA. There are actually 49 different antibiotic drugs permitted for animal use. Without exception, each and every one of those drugs has been approved for either chickens or swine weighing under 250 pounds. None have been approved for cattle or dairy cows. There are 21 different manufacturers listed for the 49 different drugs. One name stands out, owning 18 of those 49, Pharmacia-Upjohn. Pharmacia-Upjohn is owned my Monsanto.

The second category of drugs were the Spectinomycins. There were just ten of these, and Pharmacia-Upjohn/Monsanto owned three of them.

There on the list was LS-50, and here is the warning for use of LS-50, as written in FDA's Green Book:

"Species: chicken up to seven days old. Limitations: can be used in cattle, calves excluding veal calves, dairy cows excluding female breeding age animals. Do not use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. Use in this class of cattle may cause residues in milk. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian."

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Wash. Dairy Cows Had Unlawful Drug Residues
By Gene Johnson
Associated Press
January 17, 2011

"SEATTLE -- Federal authorities have sued a northwest Washington dairy that they claim has a long history of selling cows for slaughter even though their tissues contained drug residues deemed unsafe to eat.

"The 850-cow Rhody Dairy LLC of Sumas was charged civilly in U.S. District Court in Seattle this week with violations of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

"The complaint says that seven times in the past decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued letters to the dairy warning that cows it offered for sale tested positive for illegal levels of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications or other drugs.

"The Justice Department said that despite the warnings, the dairy administered the drugs to its cattle in unapproved dosages or without prescriptions, or that it failed to observe proper drug withdrawal times before offering the cows for slaughter. They also say the dairy refused to keep treatment records for the animals."

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Robert Cohen

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