Citizen Petition Calls For A Ban On Genetically Engineered Milk

US - On February 20, three major activist organizations representing dairy farmers, consumers, and public health experts filed a citizen petition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This requested immediate disapproval of Monsanto's veterinary drug Posilac on the grounds of "imminent hazards."
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The petition also requested the FDA Commissioner to suspend approval of Posilac, and require milk and other dairy products to be labeled "with a cancer warning."

It should further be recognized that the FDA has willfully misled dairy producers and consumers with regard to its requirement for labeling of rBGH milk, to the effect that "No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-BST treated cows."

Apart from being willfully false, it is misleading in extreme as the "FDA has determined it lacks the basis for requiring such labeling in its statute." This was admitted in a July 1994 letter from Jerold R. Mande, Executive Director to the FDA Commissioner, to Harold Rudnick, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Posilac is a genetically engineered hormone also known as rBGH. About 25 percent of the nation's cattle are injected with Posilac to increase their milk production.

Since 1994, a wide range of toxic veterinary effects have been belatedly admitted by Monsanto and the FDA, and detailed on Posilac's veterinary label.

Milk containing Posilac is very different from natural milk. It may be contaminated with antibiotics and drugs used to treat injection site reactions and mastitis, and milk fat is increased, particularly levels of fatty acids incriminated in heart disease.

Most importantly, there are increased levels of a natural insulin-like growth factor known as IGF-1, ranging up to 20-fold.

IGF-1 is a small molecule, known as a peptide, and is readily absorbed from the small intestine into the blood. It is responsible for normal growth and development.

However, elevated levels of IGF-1 have been shown, in over 50 publications in leading scientific journals, to increase risks of breast, colon and prostate cancer, in some instances, by up to seven fold. Elevated levels have also been shown to block natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers, known as apoptosis.

Based on the veterinary and public health concerns detailed in this Petition, the use and import of rBGH dairy products has been banned by Canada, 20 European nations, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

Source: World-Wire
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