"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It
forces us to
change our thinking in order to find it."
- Niels Bohr
Yesterday (September 1, 2013), T & T Company of Idaho (35 employees, $10 million in revenues) agreed to stop selling "overdrugged cows" to slaughterhouses.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had previously sued T & T Cattle in Boise's U.S. District Court in order to limit the sale of meat containing illegally excessive antibiotic residues.
In the spirit of closing the barn door after the cows have escaped, just who has been eating excessive antimicrobials during the first thirteen years of the twenty-first century?
Sometimes litigation takes a long time to achieve results. In 2010, FDA had found illegal drug residues in meat from cows from this dairy farm which were 16 times higher than legally allowable limits.
In their litigation brief, FDA's attorneys wrote:
The ingestion of edible animal tissues containing residues of unsafe new animal drugs can cause serious allergic reactions in drug-sensitive consumers. In addition, such food poses the hazard of contributing to the creation of drug-resistant strains of bacteria in humans who eat or handle the food.
There are 50,000 or more dairy operations in the United States facing similar a challenge. FDA is just not large enough to monitor each one on a daily basis.
Consumers do have a solution. Can you guess what it is?