One Year Ago and Nothing Has Chnaged
- On February 1, 2004, I wrote and posted this column:
Illegal Monsanto Antibiotic Found In Slaughtered Cows
In America, it is illegal to treat lactating dairy cows
with an antibiotic called LS-50.
The most commonly found antibiotic residue in meat
from slaughtered dairy cows is LS-50.
New strains of bacteria causing new emerging diseases (such
as E. coli 157:H7, VRE or Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci,
and Staphylococcus aureus-MRSA) have developed immunities to
antibiotic treatment. Some consumers ingest these pathogens
and become ill, unable to be cured by overused antibiotics
which no longer work. The above 3 points represent a formula
that seems to be beyond the grasp of FDA and USDA
This is the story of two federal agencies which protect
the interests of dairy and meat producers, while ignoring
health concerns of American consumers.
This is also the story of a pharmaceutical company that
violates the spirit of the law, and in doing so, encourages
dairy farmers to treat milk-producing creatures with a
drug that was never intended to be used on cows. That drug
leaves residues in milk and compromises human safety.
LS-50 is an antimicrobial made up of two other antibiotics,
Lincomycin and Spectinomycin. LS-50 is a powerful drug,
traditionally used on chickens. You can purchase LS-50
on the Internet from companies marketing it as "the best
treatment for bovine respiratory diseases." Less than one
teaspoon of this powder is added to a gallon of water, and
given to the infected cow each day for 7-10 days. A 2.65 oz.
bag offered for sale for just $33.50.
Dairy farmers also use LS-50 to treat a condition called
footwarts. Very unpleasant. Very illegal. The category of
mycins that include LS-50 carry serious restrictions and
warnings regarding their use. FDA relies upon a manual called
the "Green Book" in setting antibiotic standards.
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. That is the new name for
It seems that they changed the name, but their game remains
the same. When it comes to compromising human health,
Monsanto sits at the leading edge of biotechnological
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 Monsanto's LS-50, and here is the
warning for use of that drug, 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
Today, Americans eat and drink a drug that taints our dairy
supply. They consume a drug that compromises their bodies.
That drug is being illegally used. Can we one day build enough
jail cells for all of Monsanto's crimes against humanity?
I would offer you names of FDA and USDA regulators, but
I will not, for to contact them is an exercise in futility.
I will no longer play a role in making you feel better by
writing or calling those people who are working against you.
Do yourself and your friends and family a favor. Avoid those
products containing poisons. Take back your health. Never
again place your future health in the hands of the deceivers.