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FDA Analysis Demonstrates U.S. Milk Supply is Safe from Drug Residues

 

A new report released March 5, 2015 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 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.

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NMPF Board Votes to Modify FARM Program Participation

 

The board of directors of the National Milk Producers Federation voted October 27, 2014 to require that each dairy marketing organization participating in the organization’s animal care program must enroll all its farmer-suppliers to ensure full participation in the program.

The unanimous vote came as the board reviewed the structure and participation levels of the National Dairy F.A.R.M (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program. Now in its fifth year, the FARM program features a set of on-farm practices demonstrating farmers’ commitment to responsible animal care. Cooperatives and processors handling 75% of the nation’s milk supply are implementing the FARM program, although not all farms involved in those organizations have reviewed and adopted the program’s practices. Under the new policy, cooperatives and processors must require that every farmer supplying them must enroll in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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