Scientists have found that many antibiotics show up in cow’s milk, which is making milk unsafe for human consumption. Recently, FDA conducted a survey of milk sample to determine whether farms are delivering pure milk. After testing milk samples from 2,000 dairy farms that had previous violations against milk purity, the agency looked for 31 different drugs and found that six of them were still found in milk. The most commonly found residue antibiotic was Florfenicol.
The shocking aspect of the survey is that drug residue belonged to the family of drugs actually not approved for use in dairy cattle.
While the presence of these banned substances in milk is alarming, considering the fact that the number of violations are low, the researchers believe that the current policies are working as they should be.
The FDA will now continue to look for ways to eradicate this illegal use of drugs by dairy farmers, and will expand their current testing arrays to include more drugs which could then be detected in milk.
Antibiotic traces are often found in milk, since they are used on cattle to help keep them healthy. However, residues that exceed the threshold levels of antibiotics are considered illegal. If consumed for a longer period of time, they could also prompt allergies and other reactions.