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<div class="quote-block"><b>Got Milk? Got Drugs? Got Both?: State Responds After Idaho Dairy Cattle Test Positive in Food Safety Tests<br></b><br><br>
"When test results released last year by the United States<br>
Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service<br>
showed extremely high levels of drugs and antibiotics in<br>
cattle from dairies across the nation, including in Idaho,<br>
the federal agency announced it would launch a series of<br>
tests to address a potential problem.<br><br>
"Yet records of the testing are inaccessible and records<br>
of their strategy meeting don't exist.<br><br>
"The presence of drug or antibiotic residues exceeding a<br>
safe or tolerable level, set by the FDA, is illegal.<br><br>
"USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, violations of<br>
drug residues occur three times as often in tissues from<br>
dairy cows than in beef cows.<br><br>
"In 2010, the FSIS reported blatant violations in the U.S.<br>
food chain.<br><br>
"A survey of dairy cows sent to slaughter for beef<br>
discovered illegal amounts of drug residue in the<br>
livers and kidneys of cows that otherwise would have<br>
been turned into hamburger or T-bones. In other words,<br>
hundreds of positive samples of drug residues were found<br>
in tissues of animals destined for the nation's meat supply.<br><br>
"The drugs ranged from the familiar (penicillin) to the<br>
obscure (tilmicosin, an anti-microbial used for respiratory<br>
disease). FSIS even detected gentamicin. Two federal<br>
veterinarians confirmed that gentamicin can remain for up<br>
to three years in a cow's organs.<br><br>
"According to the FSIS, approximately 20,000 samples of<br>
tissue from cattle, swine, sheep and goats are tested<br>
each year. In 2010, more than 1,100 violations were<br>
traced to dairy cows that had been sent to slaughter<br>
and 40 of the violations were tracked to Idaho.<br></div>
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