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OHIO FARM BUREAU RESPONDS TO bST APPROVAL

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding today to the U.S. FDA approval of treating dairy cows with the synthetic protein hormone bST, C. William Swank, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) executive vice president, underlined the vast scientific evidence proving the product is totally safe for human consumption of milk or meat.
 "The evidence is overwhelming regarding how safe it is to use bST," Swank said. "Unfortunately, some opportunists have used scare tactics to mislead the consuming public to further their cause. Farmers are not going to use a product that will endanger their lives or their children's lives."
 The protein hormone occurs naturally in all mammals, however, administering this synthetic protein to cows increases milk production and improves feed efficiency.
 "Whether a dairyman uses this management option is entirely his choice," Swank said. "However, as an organization representing most Ohio farmers, the Ohio Farm Bureau is very concerned that false allegations could adversely affect the milk industry."
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 /CONTACT: Doug Jeanneret of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, 614-249-2479 or 800-937-4567/


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