Is milk tested for my safety? What about livestock animals and eggs?

All milk is strictly tested for antibiotics at the processing plant. Any milk that tests positive cannot be sold to the public. If a tanker load of milk tests positive for antibiotics when it arrives at a bottling plant, the milk is rejected and the farmer is financially liable for the loss value of the entire truckload of milk. Likewise, an animal treated with drugs must go through a withdrawal time before being sent to market – to ensure antibiotics are no longer present in its system – before it can be slaughtered. 

In fact, on March 5, 2015, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced results from a milk sampling survey, involving the testing of just fewer than 2,000 dairy farm samples for drug residues in milk. More than 99 percent of the samples were found to be free of drug residues of concern -- underscoring the safety of the US milk supply. These findings provide evidence that the nation’s milk safety system is effective in helping to prevent drug residues of concern in milk, even in those limited instances when medications are needed to maintain the health of dairy cattle.

USFRA Point of View

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more