|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
On February 27th, 2002, I printed the first letter from a whistleblower: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/notmilk/message/834 The second letter from my whistleblowing friend, a courageous man caught in a no-win situation, was received on October 6, 2002: Whistleblower's letter ____________________________________________________ Dear Notmilkman, Several months ago I sent you a long Whistleblower message telling about the illegal use of LS-50 in dairy cows in Wisconsin and Colorado, not to mention the dairy, in South Carolina, which used pure Chlorine to mask high SCC counts in a milk tank for milk used in human consumption. Following that you kindly published the piece -- carefully omitting all the names I had mentioned of the quilty -- and also said that you had provided these names to the relevant authorities. I thought that now you may like to know that since then absolutely nothing has happened to change the status quo of the use of those drugs or practices by the parties I had mentioned to you. Not one of them has been investigated, fined or even warned. No-one has contacted me to check on my facts and story -- so, it would seem that their actions are actually being condoned by the USDA, FDA and other health and environmental bodies. Odd indeed. So much for blowing the Whistle. Here's the latest info that may interest your readers and which you may once again want to explore further: In Colorado, on the dairy farm of (NAME WITHHELD BY THE NOTMILKMAN, AUTHORITIES NOTIFIED) there are several practices which the public need to hear about. Perhaps this time something will actually be done about it. Despite repeated warnings from their local Vet, (NAME WITHHELD) continues to use the drug Gentocin in the treatment of mastitis on their milking cows. The vet has warned them that this drug is not labelled for use in dairy animals, especially lactating animals, but (THE UNNAMED FARMER), -- a ranking member of the Republican Party (he was MC at the Republican Congress in Colorado Springs earlier this year), and a leading figure on the Weld County governing body -- simply laughs it off and says that inspectors no longer visit his farm. When asked what he would do if he was aware that someone was using an illegal drug on dairy cows (THE UNNAMED FARMER'S) comment was: "Well it would all depend on how many people it was hurting." How has he managed to not have inspectors visiting his dairy? Could it have something to do with his poltical ties? I do know that whenever he has problems with the INS and his continued use of a labor force composed entirely -- except for one milker -- of illegal and undocumented Mexican workers he does have a direct link into Senator (THE SENATOR'S NAME WITHHELD) office. These then are just a few of the illegal and unethical actions being carried out by the (NAME WITHHELD) Dairy and Farming operation in Colorado -- a dairy farm run by people who put themselves up as paragons of Christian virtue in the community. Are these the sort of people that ordinary Americans have chosen to lead them and produce their food? _______________________________________________________
Quarantine Anitbiotic-treated Cows
It is against the law for milking cows to be treated with Gentocin, but a Colorado Veterinarian is doing so, and he is being protected by one man who could make a difference, but chooses not to. Bureaucrats are often do-nothings, by definition. My award for do-nothing of the year goes to Dan Trimberger whose actions betray the meat-eating children of the state of Colorodo. Mr. Trimberger should be banished to a dairy farm and given a large shovel and broom to clean up the mess he's helped to create. His phone: 303-692-2035. His EMAIL: email@example.com I've also spoken to his boss, Barbara Hruska. She informs me that Colorado is complying with the law. I submit that they are not. She claims that her jurisdiction ends because the cows are not used for meat. I claim that they will be sent to slaughterhouses tomorrow, or next week, or next month. She claims that this is an issue for USDA. USDA claims that the cows are not yet under their jurisdiction because they are being milked, and not being used for meat. Is this ridiculous? Veterinarians who prescribe such medication as Lauren Sandburg is doing on this farm have absolutely no conscience. Dr. Sandburg is well aware that residues from this dangerous antibiotic remain in the animal's flesh for 18 months. Dr. Sandburg's phone number is 970-587-2697. Dr. Sandburg has not returned my phone calls, but I am certain that he's getting the message. The animals MUST be quarantined. The latest letter from my whistleblowing friend: __________________________________________________ Dear Notmilkman, I'm stunned! So, despite Gentocin being banned for use in lactating animals it is okay if a vet prescribes it for use in mastitis in lactating animals? Robert, is there any point at all in people like me even risking the effort of bringing things like this to the attention of the American public? How sad, how very tragic that someone risks so much in doing what is right only to have it ignored. I'm disappointed to say the least, Robert - - not with you, but with the powers-that-be that could have stopped poisoning Americans but have decided to rather let them be poisoned. They are milking somewhere around 400+ cows at this dairy. They also run a beef feedlot of Holstein steers. Except for one milker all their other staff are undocumented Mexican laborers which they exploit terribly in terms of wages and time. But that is another issue -- one for the INS most likely; especially as they have repeatedly committed fraud and perjury on US Dept of Justice INS papers and questionnaires. Gentocin is mixed with sterile water in an infusion which is injected into the mastitis quarter of the lactating cow; immediately after milking her. In addition to this they also infuse lactating cows who have a uterus infection with Oxycure 100 (an Oxytetracycline drug) directly into the uterus. When these animals with these infections are found in the milking herd -- usually in their Pen 2 -- the cows are infused with this antibiotic into the uterus --and then simply left in the milking string. This means that the milk goes directly into the bulk tank and onto the consumers. Now, although this is not allowed, (Farmer's names deleted) thinking is that because the dosage of the oxycure 100 is so low (between 30-60cc Oxycure 100 per infusion) the antibiotic will be diluted with the volume of milk and go un-noticed by the authorities. This Ends The Whistleblower's Latest Letter ___________________________________________________ It is illegal to inject food animals with the powerful antibiotic, Gentocin. Each year, 35% of the 9.2 million cows being milked in America are sent to slaughterhouses. Gentocin remains in the animal's flesh for 18 months after treatment. Thirty percent of the antibiotic residues detected in America's slaughterhouses is Gentocin. Veterinarians prescribing Gentocin should have their licences suspended. Farmers injecting Gentocin into their dairy cows should have their animals quarantined for 18 months after the final injection. We are at a crossroad, folks. Keep sending letters to FDA: firstname.lastname@example.org I have also shared this information with: INS Colorado District Office 303-371-3841 Ext. 300
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (email@example.com)
Dairy Education Board
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