The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Freedom of Information Act for “the data collected by the Center for Veterinary Medicine under its Raw Milk Drug Residue Survey.” According to CSPI, FDA conducted the survey in 2012 “because excess and sometimes illegal drugs are more frequently found in animals from dairy farms at slaughter plants than animals coming from other sources.”

CSPI’s review of drug testing reports in 2011 purportedly revealed that “animals coming from dairy farms accounted for 67 percent of reported drug residue violations at slaughter” and that, in some cases, “the reported residues were for drugs that are not approved for use in cattle.” While FDA informed consumer groups that it would make the raw data available when its report is released, it has yet to release the survey results. CSPI attorney David Plunkett said, “The agency doesn’t get to hide information from the public by simply failing to write up a report on what it thinks the data show.” See CSPI News Release, November 5, 2014.