Dairy farmers and veterinarians use animal medicines under strict controls to treat sick dairy cattle. Treated cattle are removed from regular milk production and are not returned to the milking herd until their milk is free of any medicinal residues. When used according to label directions, medicines should not result in any residues in the milk. In rare instances, however, mix-ups in treatment records and animal identification at the farm may lead to residues in the raw milk supply.
The NMDRD is a voluntary industry reporting program. Mandatory reporting is required by state regulatory agencies under the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). Data are reported on the extent of the national testing activities, the analytical methods used, the kind and extent of the animal drug residues identified, and the amount of contaminated milk that was removed from the human food supply. The system includes all milk, Grade “A” and non-Grade “A” or manufacturing grade milk.
Grade “A” milk represents approximately 95% of the milk supply in the United States and is regulated through the NCIMS by the state regulatory agencies. Manufacturing grade milk is under the direction of the regulatory agencies
in the sates where it is produced and may be subject to the standards recommended by USDA. Data reported to the NMDRD are for educational and analytical purposes and are not intended or suitable for regulatory action or follow-up.
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