FDA Delays Antibiotic Milk Testing Due to Pressure from Dairy Industry

Every year, U.S. inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of dairy cows. As a result of concerns that the drugs might be contaminating milk Americans drink, the FDA had planned to begin tests on milk from farms whose cows were repeatedly shown to be tainted by drug residue.

However, the testing plan has encountered protest from the dairy industry, and the FDA postponed it. The two sides are battling over the issue.

According to the New York Times:

"The FDA said that it would confer with the industry before deciding how to proceed ... Regulators and veterinarians say that high levels of drugs can persist in an animal's system because of misuse of medicines on the farm."

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