By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only



This is the story of a nine-year-old boy with cancer. This
is the story of a courageous whistle blower. This is the
story of a chemical company that has been caught in the act
of poisoning our children.

This is the story of a pharmaceutical company that violates
the spirit of the law, and in doing so, encourages dairy
farmers to use a drug that was never intended to be used on
cows. That drug leaves residues in milk, and compromises
human safety.

I learned about LS-50 after receiving a letter from a man
who has worked on three dairy farms. I have given his true
name and email address to officials in the three states in
which this man has worked on dairy farms, Wisconsin, South
Carolina, and Colorodo. In this column, I change the names
of the guilty parties, the dairy farms, owners, and
managers, but that information has been given to the
appropriate authorities. The whistleblower is not shy about
naming names.

The entire letter (with name changes in CAPS) appears at the
conslusion of this column.

In his letter, the whistleblower refers to the illegal use
of an antibiotic, LS-50. I called a few dairy farmers who
I've known over the years, and learned that this drug is
commonly used. They all told me that it's powerful, and
traditionally used for chickens. In order to confirm what
the whistleblower had written, I set out to perform my due
diligence. My first stop was the World Wide Web.

I learned that LS-50 is an antibiotic made up of two other
antibiotics, Lincomycin and Spectinomycin. One website
offered it for sale, marketing it as the best treatment for
bovine respiratory diseases. Less than one teaspoon of this
powder is added to a gallon of water, and given to the
infected cow each day for 7-10 days. I cound a 2.65 oz. bag
offered for sale for just $33.50.

I learned that each year the Food Safety and Inspection
Service tests for drug residues. One internet website
suggested that pharmaceutical companies have been known to
sell "too much LS-50 to people with no chickens, and truly
baby chicks are quite different from feedlot animals."

Dairy farmers also use LS-50 to treat a condition called
footwarts. Very unpleasant. Very illegal. (Aside to the
dairymen reading this column. There is a salve consisting of
organic herbs that cures this condition in 72 hours, and is
guaranteed by the manufacturer. Call 888-663-9727 for more

I've spent hours on the telephone with the Food and Drug
Administration. I must admit that I was extremely surprised
when my first call to FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine
(CVM) connected me to a woman who asked, "I know your voice.
Is this Robert Cohen?"

Her name is Margaret Clark (301-827-2950) and she was very
helpful in giving me the appropriate persons to speak to. I
was told to speak with America's expert, a veterinarian, Dr.
Steven Vaughn.

I was sad to learn that Dr. Vaughn was taking an indefinite
leave of absense because his ten-year-old son wass being
treated for a cancer. Nine-year-olds are not supposed to get
cancer. What a tragedy. My prayers are with the young man. I
curse a system in which toxic chemicals are approved by FDA
regulators, and note the saddest irony that one of FDA's
employees now suffers the horror of having a child with

After speaking to two other verterinarians within Dr.
Vaughn's department, I began to learn more and more about
LS-50. This is a very powerful antibiotic.

The category of mycins that include LS-50 carry serious
warnings regarding their use.

FDA works with a manual called the "Green Book."

Remembering that LS-50 is composed of Lincomycin and
Spectinomycin, I first looked up the files on every single
variation of Lincomycin approved by the FDA. There are
actually 49 different antibiotic drugs permitted for animal
use. Without exception, each and every one of those drugs
has been approved for either chickens or swine weighing
under 250 pounds. None have been approved for cattle or
dairy cows. There are 21 different manufacturers listed for
the 49 different drugs. One name stands out, owning 18 of
those 49, Pharmacia-Upjohn. That is the new name for

It seems that they changed the name, but the game remained
the same.

The second category of drugs were the Spectinomycins. There
were just ten of these, and Pharmacia-Upjohn/Monsanto owned
three of them.

There on the list was LS-50, and here is the warning for use
of LS-50, as written in FDA's Green Book:

"Species: chicken up to seven days old. Limitations: can be
used in cattle, calves excluding veal calves, dairy cows
excluding female breeding age animals. Do not use in female
dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. Use in this class of
cattle may cause residues in milk. Federal law restricts
this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed

I was now outraged.

It is clear that dairy cows should not be treated with this
drug that ends up in the body of little boys, like Mr.
Vaughn's son, but we have a system that is not working to
protect our children, and Monsatan, er, sorry, Monsanto is
illegally encouraging the use of this dangerous drug.

I've left a message with the Director of the Division of
Compliance at CVM, Gloria Dunnavan (301-827-1168). I hoped
that she would take this bull by the horns, and begin an
immediate investigation into the industry-wide use of this
inappropropriate and illegal drug. She did not. Nobody at
FDA acted on this information.


(NOTE: Changed named are in CAPS)

"Dear Not Milk Man,

Let me tell you a little story about my experiences as a
dairyman in the USA -- You decide what you'd like to do with
this 'insider' information:

In October 1999 I was asked to leave South Africa and come
to work on the ALPHA dairy farm, in Newberry, South
Carolina. Well, what I saw taking place on that dairy and on
several other dairy farms in the USA has convinced me that
you are onto something that everybody needs to urgently know


On the farm in South Carolina, the manager, ADAM VIOLET -- a
ranking member of DFA (Dairy Farmers of America) --to avoid
being penalized for having a too high bacterial count in his
milk upon collection would regularly add pure chlorine into
the milk chill/bulk tank prior to it being picked-up for
delivery -- the milk is collected by his son. The theory is
that the pure chlorine would kill or at least lower the
bacterial count in this milk intended for human consumption.

Then, on another dairy I worked on, BRAVO FARM in Merrill,
Wisconsin, the late NOAH INDIGO, and now his son SETH and
the Manager, ABEL BLUE, daily use an antibiotic with the
trade name of LS50 -- this is intended and cleared for use
in the poultry industry only. By using LS-50 antibiotic on
their sick animals they are still able to 'ship/sell' the
milk for public use knowing that there is no test being used
to determine if this particular antibiotic is present in the
milk for human consumption. This farm also forces South
African workers to labour for up to 16-hours a day, and at
one point housed 14 illegal Mexican milkers in a bunk house
with just 4 double-bunk beds: You do the Math.

At CHARLIE FARM, in La Salle, Colorado, the Vice President,
MOSES GREEN -- who is a Director of Dairy Farmers of America
-- has repeatedly been in violation of Weld County Health
Dept. standards for having raw manure sewage leak out of his
overflowing manure lagoons and onto a public road and into a
fragile wetland used by migratory waterfowl. In addition he
was investigated for storing lead batteries in a haphazard
pile outdoors near a dwelling-house well water supply. The
CHARLIE FARM also simply dumped oil, fuel and transmission
fluids directly onto the ground and then scraped it into a
pile next to a cattle pen --BELOW THE PILE -- leaching and
run-off is inevitable.

The Dairy Operations Manager of CHARLIE FARM, GOLIATH
YELLOW, has dismissed one female EMPLOYEE, SARAH ORANGE,
because she was injured at work and had to receive medical
treatment. Also, another female employee, EVE RED, was
dismissed for going to Texas while on industrial leave due
to an injury received while milking cows at the DELTA FARM -
- this despite getting approval from the Vice President,

This dairy keeps cows milking despite their having severe
cancer, lameness and a host of other dire illnesses.
Illegals are knowingly employed, paid poor wages and
physically, mentally and emotionally 'challenged' by the
Dairy Operations Manager, HAMEN WHITE.

Well, Not Milk Man -- that's my story for now. The American
dairy industry seems full of abuse, mistreatment, deceit,
disinformation and illegal behaviour -- a lot of it being
perpetrated by members of the Dairy Farmers of America --
after-all MOSES GREEN is actually a director if that
organization. Hope this is useful -- How do I know all this?
I worked at all these farms, and have proof that I worked
there as well.

Mr. Whistleblower"

Today, Americans drink a drug that taints our milk supply.
They consume a drug that compromises their bodies. That drug
is being illegally used. Can we one day build enough jail
cells for all of Monsanto's crimes against humanity?

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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