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ARLINGTON, VA – A new report released Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration underscores the safety of the nation’s milk supply, and demonstrates that the regulations to keep drug residues out of milk are effective in protecting the public health, the National Milk Producers Federation said today in reaction to the FDA survey.

The milk survey was released by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which sampled the raw milk from nearly 2,000 dairy farms in 2012, and conducted extensive laboratory testing on each milk sample for 31 different pharmaceutical compounds. It found that more than 99 percent of the samples were free of residues, “underscoring the safety of the milk supply,” according to the FDA.

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements, including a Pacific Rim pact that must open key markets to more U.S. dairy products.

In a letter to Congress, NMPF and USDEC said renewing TPA, which expired in 2007, will increase congressional influence over trade negotiations and lead to agreements that are better for both the country and the dairy industry.

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Jim Mulhern
NMPF President
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Mark Twain observed that history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. We can hear those rhymes while listening to the familiar patterns of the dairy market, particularly as the 21st century unfolds. The question we have to answer, as history echoes around us, is what can and should we be doing differently in this New Year to help make the rhymes of our economy be as harmonious as possible?

FDA Milk Safety Report Comments

 

In response to the new FDA milk sampling report released March 5, 2015, dairy farmer and veterinarian Dr. Karen Jordan says the results show that the nation's milk supply is safe.

 

The milk survey was released by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, which sampled the raw milk from nearly 2,000 dairy farms in 2012, and conducted extensive laboratory testing on each milk sample for 31 different pharmaceutical compounds. It found that more than 99 percent of the samples were free of residues, “underscoring the safety of the milk supply,” according to the FDA. Read more from the NMPF news release.

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