To prevent losses to processors:
Production of cultured dairy products can be adversely affected bytraces of antibiotics, resulting in sub-standard product.Specifications for valuable home and export markets require dairy products to be free from antibiotics.
To comply with current legislation:
Contamination of milk is an offence liable to prosecution.,toensure that food producers and handlers are not convicted of anoffence which they took all reasonable care to avoid. It is thereforeimportant that all milk producers are able to show that they havetaken all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of milk beingsold by them.
Antibiotic residues in milk may lead to:
severe allergic reactions in sensitive consumers,culture failure andsubsequent loss of product,a change in consumer perception of milk being a pure, unadulterated, natural product.All of these concerns may result in major economic losses to thedairy industry.
SOURCE OF DRUG RESIDUES
Drugs are administered to dairy cows for treatment of mastitis throughintramammary or intravenous infusions and for disease therapy byintramuscular or intravenous injections, oral administration, feedsupplementation, or reproductive infusions. FDA surveys indicate thatimproper use of drugs in the control of mastitis is the major source of residues found in the milk supply. The beef industry claims that a great percentage of the drug residues found in beef carcasses are in those of culleddairy cows.