|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
ANTIBIOTICS IN MILK
CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF COMMITTING A CRIME AGAINST MANKIND This is the story of a nine-year-old boy with cancer. This is the story of a courageous whistle blower. This is the story of a chemical company that has been caught in the act of poisoning our children. This is the story of a pharmaceutical company that violates the spirit of the law, and in doing so, encourages dairy farmers to use a drug that was never intended to be used on cows. That drug leaves residues in milk, and compromises human safety. I learned about LS-50 after receiving a letter from a man who has worked on three dairy farms. I have given his true name and email address to officials in the three states in which this man has worked on dairy farms, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Colorodo. In this column, I change the names of the guilty parties, the dairy farms, owners, and managers, but that information has been given to the appropriate authorities. The whistleblower is not shy about naming names. The entire letter (with name changes in CAPS) appears at the conslusion of this column. In his letter, the whistleblower refers to the illegal use of an antibiotic, LS-50. I called a few dairy farmers who I've known over the years, and learned that this drug is commonly used. They all told me that it's powerful, and traditionally used for chickens. In order to confirm what the whistleblower had written, I set out to perform my due diligence. My first stop was the World Wide Web. I learned that LS-50 is an antibiotic made up of two other antibiotics, Lincomycin and Spectinomycin. One website offered it for sale, 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. I cound a 2.65 oz. bag offered for sale for just $33.50. I learned that each year the Food Safety and Inspection Service tests for drug residues. One internet website suggested that pharmaceutical companies have been known to sell "too much LS-50 to people with no chickens, and truly baby chicks are quite different from feedlot animals." Dairy farmers also use LS-50 to treat a condition called footwarts. Very unpleasant. Very illegal. (Aside to the dairymen reading this column. There is a salve consisting of organic herbs that cures this condition in 72 hours, and is guaranteed by the manufacturer. Call 888-663-9727 for more information). I've spent hours on the telephone with the Food and Drug Administration. I must admit that I was extremely surprised when my first call to FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) connected me to a woman who asked, "I know your voice. Is this Robert Cohen?" Her name is Margaret Clark (301-827-2950) and she was very helpful in giving me the appropriate persons to speak to. I was told to speak with America's expert, a veterinarian, Dr. Steven Vaughn. I was sad to learn that Dr. Vaughn was taking an indefinite leave of absense because his ten-year-old son wass being treated for a cancer. Nine-year-olds are not supposed to get cancer. What a tragedy. My prayers are with the young man. I curse a system in which toxic chemicals are approved by FDA regulators, and note the saddest irony that one of FDA's employees now suffers the horror of having a child with cancer. After speaking to two other verterinarians within Dr. Vaughn's department, I began to learn more and more about LS-50. This is a very powerful antibiotic. 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. That is the new name for Monsanto. It seems that they changed the name, but the game remained the same. 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." I was now outraged. It is clear that dairy cows should not be treated with this drug that ends up in the body of little boys, like Mr. Vaughn's son, but we have a system that is not working to protect our children, and Monsatan, er, sorry, Monsanto is illegally encouraging the use of this dangerous drug. I've left a message with the Director of the Division of Compliance at CVM, Gloria Dunnavan (301-827-1168). I hoped that she would take this bull by the horns, and begin an immediate investigation into the industry-wide use of this inappropropriate and illegal drug. She did not. Nobody at FDA acted on this information. MR. WHISTLEBLOWER WROTE: (NOTE: Changed named are in CAPS) "Dear Not Milk Man, Let me tell you a little story about my experiences as a dairyman in the USA -- You decide what you'd like to do with this 'insider' information: In October 1999 I was asked to leave South Africa and come to work on the ALPHA dairy farm, in Newberry, South Carolina. Well, what I saw taking place on that dairy and on several other dairy farms in the USA has convinced me that you are onto something that everybody needs to urgently know about: -- The GREAT AMERICAN DAIRY LIE. On the farm in South Carolina, the manager, ADAM VIOLET -- a ranking member of DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) --to avoid being penalized for having a too high bacterial count in his milk upon collection would regularly add pure chlorine into the milk chill/bulk tank prior to it being picked-up for delivery -- the milk is collected by his son. The theory is that the pure chlorine would kill or at least lower the bacterial count in this milk intended for human consumption. Then, on another dairy I worked on, BRAVO FARM in Merrill, Wisconsin, the late NOAH INDIGO, and now his son SETH and the Manager, ABEL BLUE, daily use an antibiotic with the trade name of LS50 -- this is intended and cleared for use in the poultry industry only. By using LS-50 antibiotic on their sick animals they are still able to 'ship/sell' the milk for public use knowing that there is no test being used to determine if this particular antibiotic is present in the milk for human consumption. This farm also forces South African workers to labour for up to 16-hours a day, and at one point housed 14 illegal Mexican milkers in a bunk house with just 4 double-bunk beds: You do the Math. At CHARLIE FARM, in La Salle, Colorado, the Vice President, MOSES GREEN -- who is a Director of Dairy Farmers of America -- has repeatedly been in violation of Weld County Health Dept. standards for having raw manure sewage leak out of his overflowing manure lagoons and onto a public road and into a fragile wetland used by migratory waterfowl. In addition he was investigated for storing lead batteries in a haphazard pile outdoors near a dwelling-house well water supply. The CHARLIE FARM also simply dumped oil, fuel and transmission fluids directly onto the ground and then scraped it into a pile next to a cattle pen --BELOW THE PILE -- leaching and run-off is inevitable. The Dairy Operations Manager of CHARLIE FARM, GOLIATH YELLOW, has dismissed one female EMPLOYEE, SARAH ORANGE, because she was injured at work and had to receive medical treatment. Also, another female employee, EVE RED, was dismissed for going to Texas while on industrial leave due to an injury received while milking cows at the DELTA FARM - - this despite getting approval from the Vice President, MOSES GREEN. This dairy keeps cows milking despite their having severe cancer, lameness and a host of other dire illnesses. Illegals are knowingly employed, paid poor wages and physically, mentally and emotionally 'challenged' by the Dairy Operations Manager, HAMEN WHITE. Well, Not Milk Man -- that's my story for now. The American dairy industry seems full of abuse, mistreatment, deceit, disinformation and illegal behaviour -- a lot of it being perpetrated by members of the Dairy Farmers of America -- after-all MOSES GREEN is actually a director if that organization. Hope this is useful -- How do I know all this? I worked at all these farms, and have proof that I worked there as well. Sincerely, Mr. Whistleblower" Today, Americans drink a drug that taints our milk 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?
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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