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BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE WOULD ONLY COMPOUND PROBLEMS OF SICK U.S. DAIRY HERD, FACT TELLS FDA VETERINARY COMMITTEE

 CHICAGO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing widespread illness and a dangerous level of drug use on dairy cows, the Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) today advised that approval of Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH) would only "make an already dire situation worse."
 FACT's testimony, presented before the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pointed out that the average incidence of clinical mastitis, a serious udder infection, is now up 50 percent in dairy cows.
 "Dairy practitioners are stumped," according to FACT President Robert A. Brown. "They don't have sufficient drugs to control the situation. There's a growing recognition that antibacterial treatment won't solve this problem," he said.
 The FACT testimony went on to point out that a significant number of dairy cows affected by clinical mastitis -- up to 70 percent in one study -- fail to respond to drugs and are culled from the herd and sold for dairy beef. Much of this meat ends up in hamburger patties for fast food chains, the school lunch program, and other institutional markets.
 Human health is at risk from drug use in the sick U.S. dairy herd, according to FACT. "There have been numerous reports of illegal drug residues in the milk our children drink," Brown said, "and dairy beef has consistently demonstrated the largest proportion of violative residues among meat products. This is hardly surprising, since the source of dairy beef is sick cows that have not responded to often heavy drug use," Brown said.
 Human health is also at risk from microbial pathogens in beef from cull dairy cows, such as the deadly E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria, according to FACT.
 "While it may not be possible to trace back the E. coli 0157:H7 in tainted Jack in the Box meat patties to a particular herd, experts agree that the most likely reservoir for this pathogen is dairy cattle," Brown said. "We must recognize with urgency that E. coli 0157:H7 may have gained a foothold in the U.S. dairy herd because the herd is sick and the cows have a weakened immune system," he said.
 "The purpose of BGH is to increase milk production," Brown explained, "which will only increase the incidence of mastitis, the use of drugs, and, ultimately, the number of sick cows culled from the herd. Approval of BGH at this time would be reckless and imprudent, making a sick dairy herd sicker," Brown said.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Brown, president, or Kevin Morrissey of FACT, 312-525-4952/


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