February 23, 2007
Petition Calls for Ban on rBGH as unsafe; Required Labels Misleading
Three activist organizations, the Cancer Prevention Coalition, the Organic Consumers
Association, and Family Farm Defenders, have filed a citizen petition to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The petition seeks
". . .immediate disapproval of Monsanto's veterinary drug Posilac on the grounds of
'imminent hazards,' and asks the FDA Commissioner to suspend approval of Posilac, and require milk and other dairy products to be labeled "with a cancer warning."
In addition, the petition asserts that the FDA required labeling for non-rBGH milk is misleading. If milk is labeled as coming from cows not treated with rBGH, it must also contain language the the effect that "no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-BST treated cows."
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