The new Minister of Agriculture (David Heath), the veterinary authorities and human doctors might like to comment on this apparent misuse of antibiotics with nothing but venal benefits to the farmers involved and danger to the emergence of resistance to human beings.
The particular substances involved are third and fourth generation extended-spectrum cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones:
A survey of antimicrobial usage on dairy farms and waste milk feeding practices in England and Wales
But better still to avoid all dairy produce in view of the serious doubts and to try the alternative products now on the market.
The Mysteries of Bowland Dairies
In October 2006, operations at Bowland Dairies were suspended and their products banned from Europe following an inspection by European health authorities that found “serious breaches of EU food safety rules”, causing great annoyance amongst the British. In March 2007, Bowland Dairies was allowed to reopen but not to make curd cheeses (which often make use of milk that has been rejected for other purposes, for example because of high levels of antibiotic residues). In 2009, Bowland Dairies failed to secure compensation from the EU for this action.
The FSA was apparently unaware and surprised at the mysteries around disposal of waste milk. Very little information on the matter could be obtained. Sir Robert Atkins, MEP for the North West, intervened to support Bowland Dairies against the common interest.