Cow Exits Pen so that Pen is Now in Cow

"One sometimes finds what one is not looking for." - Alexander Fleming (The scientist who discovered penicillin by accident)

When I began America's Notmilk movement in 1994, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only permitted one part per 100 million of antibiotics in milk.

I learned that Monsanto, aware that cows given the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH) were under enormous stress and developed internal and external udder ulcerations collectively called mastitis. In order to fix the problem faced by an increase of pus and bacteria in milk, Monsanto developed a simple but brilliant solution.

Inject more pen(icillin) into cows.

They sent their top bovine growth hormone scientist, Dr. Margaret Miller, to work at FDA. Once there, Miller was given broad power and she paid back her old pharmaceutical company by arbitrarily increasing FDA's allowable level of milk antibiotics by a factor of 100 times.

Instead of one part per hundred million, the new standard became one part per million.

This phony and deceptive new protocol allowed FDA to make the claim that antibiotic levels in milk were well within a normal range. FDA neglected to reveal that they intentionally changed the range.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2013, the Minnesota Star Tribune revealed that meat from a slaughtered dairy cow was found to contain 9.5 times the permissible level of penicillin. In 1994, that would have represented 950 times the safe level. Investigators have identified Kronebusch Farms in Altura, Minnesota as the culprit. FDA has found that the dairy farmer has failed to keep complete treatment records for medicated animals as required by law.

I left a detailed message on the telephone of FDA's Director of Compliance, Ann Schweikert on this matter at (612) 758-7112. My call was made at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. As of this writing, I have not received a return telephone call from Ms. Schweikert. Kronebusch Farms is located on Highway 248 In Altura, Minnesota. Farmer Kronsbusch can be reached for comment at (507) 796-6206.

When Minnesota milk drinkers wonder whether drugs such as penicillin will cure them of illness, might you wonder whether a physician's prescription will do any good after patients overdose from this wonderful drug in their morning bowls of Rice Krispies?

"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain

Today in 2013, many young people are challenged by this question: "Do you practice safe sex?" Instead, people both young and old should be asking, "Do you practice safe eating?"

Cow Exits Pen so that Pen is Now in Cow How now, penned cow? Are you penned up too?

Robert Cohen

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