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CSPI Wants to See FDA’s Findings on Drugs in Milk

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is anxious to see the results of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on whether illegal drugs were found in the country’s raw milk supply.

The organization has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for data from the Center for Veterinary Medicines’ Raw Milk Drug Residue Survey conducted from January 2012 to January 2013.

“Consumers have a right to know what’s in their milk, and if there are dangerous drugs in it, they need to know what FDA is doing about that,” said CSPI senior food safety attorney David Plunkett.

The survey was conducted because animals with excess and sometimes illegal drugs found in their tissues at slaughterhouses come more frequently from dairy farms than from other sources.

According to CSPI, FDA can stop dairy farms with drug residue violations from selling cattle for meat but the agency usually doesn’t stop the farm from selling its milk.

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