- Not sure
Yes it is a good idea. If we all are doing what we are supposed to, (ie following label instructions, proper withdrawl times, working closely with a vet), then we as individual producers have nothing to fear. At our farm, we take producing a high quality, wholesome and safe food very seriously, all while using various medications judiciously. Quite frankly, if there are folks out there not following the rules, they need to be found and elimnated from the production stream. We as an industry do not need the black eye that results from a few that cannot follow the rules.
Those who do not want more testing, usuallly have something to worry about. We don't fill our animals up with antibiotics at every turn so we have nothing to worry about. They can test our milk for anything, we have nothing to worry about, because we take care to produce only residue free milk. Many local farmers around us make it a habit to implant their replacement heifer with growth hormones and even us Rbst when they signed contracts not to. Those farmers are all about the profit without regard for the public and I agree, lifeisgood, they need to be removed from the production stream.
Idk about everyone else in the country but everyday my milk is picked up a sampl is taken from my tank and then the truck is sampled at the plant before it can unload to check for antibiotics. Isn't that enough. I don't understand why there needs to be more testing of milk.