Congrats to Smart Dairymen; Shame on the Dummies
- Congratulations to Smart Dairymen; Shame on the Dummies
In all fairness to dairymen, when they do something
deserving of applause, I am the first to admit how
wonderful they've been acting, so dairyladies and dairy
gentlemen, stand up and take a bow. According to an
editorial (page 60) in the January 25, 2007 issue of
"We're Doing Better on Drug Residues"
According to FDA, in 2005, just 2,155 truckloads of milk
were rejected because they tested positive for antibiotic
"About 52.7 million pounds of milk had to be disposed of
in 2005 because it had traces of antibiotics and could not
be used as food...most positives involved beta lactams,
followed by sulfonamides and tetracyclines."
(Did you imagine that I would let them off so easily?)
The currently used antibiotic tests are able to detect only
four different antibiotics. The smart farmers are aware of
which specific antibiotics their milk is being tested for.
There are dozens of additional types of antibiotics which
are being prescribed for dairy cows and are not being tested,
and most of the smart guys merely use an alternative. This
way, it's virtually impossible to get caught, particularly
when your son-in-law is driving the milk truck and doing
Now for the dummies. What is your problem, numbskulls?
OK...Back to the slaughterhouse. Trivia Question: What
is the most common antibiotic residue found in the flesh
of slaughtered dairy cows and is that antibiotic one
of the four currently being tested. Trivia Answer: LS-50
is that antibiotic, and are they testing for it in milk?
You've got to be kidding me. Hint: Monsanto is the
This story deserves our "Duh of the Year" award, and
it's still just February. Like the Groundhog, the FDA
and USDA regulators continue to hibernate.
If you are currently a milk drinker, there is only one way to be
certain that you are not overdosing on antibiotics. This is an
easy one. Give up?