By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

PUS CAN BE DELICIOUS, BUT IS IT LEGAL?

Dear Friends,

{This is a pretty important column. Contained within this
letter is the means for me to completely destroy America's
dairy industry. The law is the law, and they are all in
violation. Read on...}

Fill a one-quart container with pus. Mix in sugar. Freeze
overnight, then seve with a cherry on top. There is no
tastier dessert treat.

Age pus for six months. Mix in the scrapings of a calf's
stomach (rennet) and some blue mold, and serve with a crusty
French bread. Now, that's good eating!

Put pus in a container and leave at room temperature for a
few days. Add bacteria (adidophilus). Are you salivating
yet?

Ice cream, blue cheese, yogurt. Like Rachamninoff's skillful
adaptation of a Paganini Opus, the above culinary treats are
all different variations upon a theme of pus.

The April 25, 2002 issue of Hoard's Dairyman, the dairy
farmer's magazine (volume 147, number 8), contains two very
revealing pus articles.

On page 342, we learn that pus cell counts continue to rise
in America. They have been doing so since the advent of
genetically engineered milk. Stressed cows become sick and
their milk contains more pus. It's as simple as that.

In Europe and Canada, health authorities do not allow more
than 400 million pus cells in a liter (about a quart) of
milk. Keep that in mind when I reveal to you what I learned
from this issue of the premiere dairy magazine.

Last year, the average liter of milk produced in 16 states
exceeded 400 million pus cells per liter. That's just the
average!

Those states are: Alabama (444 million), Arkansas (486
million), Florida (548 million), Georgia (407 million),
Kansas (476 million), Kentucky (413 million), Louisiana (479
million), Minnesota (420 million), Mississippi (442
million), Missouri (437 million), Nebraska (443 million),
Oklahoma (483 million), South Carolina (404 million), South
Dakota (459 million), Tennessee (413 million), and West
Virginia (422 million).

Fifteen percent of the time, 45 states exceed that magic 400
million purity standard. I chose fifteen percent as a
cutoff, because 15 percent represents one day out of seven.
Yep. Once each week, on average, the milk consumed by school
kids across our great country would be rejected by nations
who care more about the health of their children than
industry cash flow.

I spoke with Dr. Duane Norman who compiled these data for
the United States Department of Agriculture (301-504-8092).

Dr. Norman is a fine fellow, and we had a nice talk. He
recognizes that if America adopted the same standards as the
European community we would put a lot of dairy farmers out
of business. His suggestion was that we dump our existing
unhealthy standard which allows 750 million pus cells per
liter, and lower it to a safer 500 million. How does that
sound to you? One-half billion pus cells in a quart of milk?
That sounds delicious!

There was a second article in Hoard's (page 341), written by
Minnesota veterinarian, Dave Linn, D.V.M.

The title of Dr. Linn's column is:

What is Saleable Milk?

According to Dr. Linn:

"Normal heathy milk rarely, if ever, will have a (pus) cell
count of over 100,000 cells per milliliter of milk." (100
million pus cells per liter)

Dr. Linn calls milk with high pus cell counts "abnormal."

Linn writes:

"Research has shown that, with a herd cell count of 200,000,
there may be as many as 15 percent of the cows infected. In
herds with a 300,000 count, this figure may be as high as 25
percent."

During the year 2001, the average liter of milk sold in
America contained 322 million pus cells.

What would happen to the average dairy herd in America if
Linn's standard was applied?

Linn answers the question:

"Huge numbers of dairies would be out of business."

Linn discusses a set of laws called the Pasteurized Milk
Ordinance (PMO). These laws are federal statutes.

According to the PMO (and Linn):

"All milk from cows producing abnormal milk should be
dumped."

How does one define "abnormal" milk?

Linn cites standards set by the National Mastitis Council.
He concludes:

"Therefore, any milk with a cell count over 200,000 cells
per milliter (200 million pus cells per liter) is considered
abnormal."

Is the entire American dairy industry in violation of
federal statutes? Would strict adherence to the law put
every dairy farmer in America out of business?

Linn writes:

"I am not advocating a sudden enforcement of this clause in
the PMO. I am not even in favor of the clause at all. I do
think it is essential that all dairymen be aware of the law
and the possible implications of enforcing it."

I cannot believe this dairy industry doctor gave away such
an enormous secret. Whether he agrees with the law or not,
(and he made it clear that he does not agree with the
clause), it's still the law.

If everybody speeds, get those cops on the highways and give
'em all radar guns. Write tickets, and soon everybody will
obey the law. If everybody wears a six-shooter, and
gunfights at the O.K. Corral become commonplace, send in the
National Guard and and put the bad guys in jail.

If milk is unsafe because it is "abormal," and places the
health and safety of our children in jeopardy, what can be
done?

Perhaps it is time to call your local Department of Health,
and get them to issue summonses.

The dairy industry is clearly in violation of the
Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. They may have a lot of friends,
but the law is the law.

I've been battling Goliath for eight years. The PMO gives me
a new and powerful sling shot. Wish me luck.


Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
(201-871-5871)
Executive Director (notmilkman@notmilk.com)
Dairy Education Board
http://www.notmilk.com


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