Breaking the law as a matter of course!
By Robert Cohen


Your state may be in violation of a federal ordinance by allowing too many pus cells in milk sold at your supermarkets. One cup of wholesome milk cannot contain more than 50 million pus cells. That's 200 million pus cells per quart (liter). At the end of this column you will find a chart comparing the average number of pus cells in milk sold in your state to other American states.

Pus in milk? A dairy cow filters ten-thousand quarts of blood through her udder each day and uses dead white blood cells (somatic cells) to manufacture her milk. These dead cells are puscells. Dairy scientists are aware that when one quart of milk is tainted with 400 million or more pus cells, some 35% of the milking cows in the herd are infected with mastitis. Udders bleed, discharges, including bacteria and blood drip into the milk.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Public Health Service and Food and Drug Administration, has established a 280 page set of protocols that is collectively referred to as: The Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (P.M.O.) The foreword of this all-inclusive set of rules and regulations governing every quart of milk sold in America says:

"Occasional milkborne outbreaks still occur, emphasizing the need for continued vigilance at every stage of production, processing, pasteurization and distribution of milk and milk products."

It is a breath of fresh air to read an occasional governmental truism regarding milk:

"Milk has the potential to serve as a vehicle of disease and has, in the past, been associated with disease outbreaks of major proportions."

This document is more than a guideline for milk producers. It's the law. In the preface, the purpose of the P.M.O. is summarized:

"The Grade 'A' Pasteurized Milk Ordinance is incorporated by reference in Federal specifications for procurement of milk and milk products; is used as the sanitary regulation for milk and milk products served on interstate carriers; and is recognized by the public health agencies, the milk industry, and many others as a national standard for milk sanitation."

Many dairy producers have challenged the laws contained within the all-powerful P.M.O. Courts have clearly maintained the integrity of these sets of laws when asked to do so. On page vi of the preface, the P.M.O. states:

"The Ordinance has been widely adopted for many years and has been upheld by court actions. One of the most comprehensive decisions upholding the various provisions of the Ordinance was that of the District Court, Reno County, Kansas, in the case of Billings et al v. City of Hutchinson et al., decided May 1, 1934. In this action, the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought to enjoin the enforcement of the Hutchinson ordinance on the grounds that it was unreasonable..."

The courts have repeatedly upheld the sanctity of this set of laws. The dairy industry continues to ignore the spirit of the laws so enacted. To date, no individual or group has challenged national enforcement of these statutes. There is a first time for all things. The table of contents (page vii of the preface) lists the standards for Grade A milk, and defines "Abnormal Milk" on page 20. The standards for Grade "A" raw milk for pasteurization define abnormal milk this way:

"Lactating animals which show evidence of the secretion of abnormal milk in one or more quarters (the udder is divided into four quarters), based upon bacteriological, chemical, or physical examination, shall be milked last or with separate equipment and the milk shall be discarded."

The above is further explained ("Public Health Reason"): "The health of lactating animals is a very important consideration because a number of diseases of lactating animals, including salmonellosis, staphloccal infection and streptococcal infection, may be transmitted to man through the medium of milk. The organisms of most of these diseases may get into the milk either directly from the udder or indirectly through infected body discharges which may drop, splash, or be blown into the milk."

What is "abnormal milk?"

The April 25, 2002 issue of Hoard's Dairyman, the dairy farmer's magazine, addresses that question. Veterinarian Dave Linn testifies on page 341:

"According to the PMO, all milk from cows producing 'abnormal' milk should be dumped."

Linn compares "wholesome" milk to "abnormal" milk, and reveals insider industry standards shared by the National Mastitis Council, United States Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration. If cows are infected, milk is abnormal. This is a dirty secret that government agencies conspire to keep from the dairy-eating public. Dr. Linn writes:

"Research has shown that, with a herd cell count of 200,000, there may be as many as 15 percent of the cows infected. In herds with a 300,000 count, this figure may be as high as 25%." ("Cell count" refers to the number of somatic cells, dead white blood cells per milliter of milk). So, if 25% of the cows in your state are sick and producing abnormal milk which should be dumped, and that milk is not dumped, something is seriously wrong with the system. It is clear that some states in violation of these rigorous milk standards.

Is your state in violation? If the cell count is over 200,000 in your state, please send a formal complaint to your Department of Agriculture. Start with a phone call. The number should be in your telephone book.

How do you learn the average cell count of milk sold in your state? That's easy. The April 25, 2002 issue of Hoard's Dairyman lists every state in America on page 342.

ADVICE: If the count is over 200,000 in your state, the milk is unfit to drink (by THEIR standards!).

File a complaint today. Average Cell Count Per State (48 continental) in 2001:

(The following list contains the number of pus cells expressed per milliliter of milk... about the size of a thimbleful. To obtain the number of pus cells per LITER of milk [about one quart] please add three zeros to the following numbers)

AL - 444,000

AZ - 360,000

AR - 486,000

CA - 298,000

CO - 312,000

CT - 310,000

DE - 386,000

FL - 548,000

GA - 407,000

ID - 320,000

IL - 322,000

IN - 343,000

IA - 333,000

KS - 476,000

KY - 413,000

LA - 479,000

ME - 290,000

MD - 351,000

MA - 308,000

MI - 287,000

MN - 420,000

MS - 442,000

MO - 437,000

MT - 248,000

NE - 443,000

NV - 330,000

NH - 299,000

NJ - 339,000

NM - 311,000

NY - 280,000

NC - 364,000

ND - 344,000

OH - 327,000

OK - 483,000

OR - 286,000

PA - 317,000

RI - 206,000

SC - 404,000

SD - 459,000

TN - 413,000

TX - 342,000

UT - 284,000

VT - 302,000

VA - 333,000

WA - 275,000

WV - 422,000

WI - 297,000

WY - 341,000

Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z


Executive Director (

Dairy Education Board

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Based on research conducted at Rutgers University

Snap Beans:

  Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Manganese Iron Copper
Organic 40.5 60.0 99.7 8.6 60.0 227 69.0
Conventional 15.5 14.8 29.1 0.0 2.0 10 3.0


  Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Manganese Iron Copper
Organic 60.0 54.6 148.3 20.4 13.0 94 48.0
Conventional 17.5 15.6 53.7 0.8 2.0 20 0.4


  Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Manganese Iron Copper
Organic 71.0 49.3 176.5 12.2 169.0 516 60.0
Conventional 16.0 13.1 53.7 0.0 1.0 9 3.0


  Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Manganese Iron Copper
Organic 23.0 59.2 148.3 6.5 68.0 1938 53.0
Conventional 4.50 4.5 58.6 0.0 1.0 1 0.0


  Calcium Magnesium Potassium Sodium Manganese Iron Copper
Organic 96.0 203.9 257.0 69.5 117.0 1585 32.0
Conventional 47.5 46.9 84.0 0.8 1 19 .5

Millequivalents per 100 grams dry weight. Trace elements PPM

The study concluded that while weight, color, and textrue appeared similar, there were 'significant nutritional differences'. Organically grown foods were richer in minerals than the 'look alike' commercially grown products. In fact, by comparison, there were 87% less minerals and trace elements in todays commercialy grown vegetables, as illustrated above.


Facts:  1cc of commercial cow's milk is allowed to have up to 750,000 pus cells and 20,000 live bacteria... before it is kept off the market.

1 liter = 1000cc     = 750,000,000  pus cells  ~ 20,000,000 bacteria

1 tsp =    4.928922cc    3,696,691  pus cells  ~     60,000 bacteria
1 tbls=   14.78676cc    11,090,070  pus cells
1 oz  =   29.57cc       22,177,500  pus cells
1 cup =  236.5882cc    177,441,150  pus cells  ~  4,731,600 bacteria
24 oz (3 glasses)      532,323,450  pus cells  ~ 14,220,000 bacteria
1 quart = 946.3529cc   709,764,675  pus cells  ~ 18,920,000 bacteria
1 gallon= 3785.412cc 2,839,059,000  pus cells  ~ 75,708,000 bacteria

Milk also has 59 bioactive hormones (perhaps the worst is
insulin-like growth factor one [IGF-1]... which is identical between
cows and humans, and extra amounts in our bodies might be thought of as cancer "fuel cells"), up to 52 residual antibiotics (and they only test for a few), allergens, blood, feces and the above.

Calcium?  Where do the COWS get it?  Yes... from plants!  The
calcium in cows milk is basically useless (those nations with the
highest amount of milk/dairy consumption have the highest rates of
osteoporosis... to go along with high rates of heart disease and other fat/allergen related diseases).

MILK: 87% of milk is water.  80% of the protein in milk is casein...better used as a glue for furniture or to fix labels on beer bottles..
This protein may, in fact, LEACH calcium from the person you uses milk and dairy... which would help to explain the high rate of US osteoporosis.

IGF-1 is a normal part of ALL milk... the newborn is SUPPOSED to grow quickly!  What makes the 40% of obese American consumers think they need MORE growth?  They don't think anything about it because they are not told about it.

Monsanto's Posilac creates additional IGF-1 in milk, up to twice as much per 12 ounce glass.  Only twice as much (of a powerful growth hormone)?

It takes TEN pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese.  It takes twenty-one pounds of milk to make one pound of butter.
That means that each slice of cheese from BGH treated milk has 20 times as much of this growth factor... and each pat of butter has 42 times as much as a sip from a 12 ounce glass of milk.  Pasteurization does NOT destroy IGF-1.  If that process was truly effective, it would not have to be repeated several times before the milk gets to consumers.

Where was this massive "milk is a must" before refrigeration,
pasteurization and mass transportation?  Back when cows gave only 1-4 quarts a day (while lactating) it was made into BUTTER!  Now that those same cows have been tweaked and shot-up with Posilac to produce 50 or more quarts a day... all year long... it is suddenly (after many thousands of years) a daily "staple".  NOT!

Think allergies, osteoporosis, heart disease, asthma, cancer,
obesity, behavioral problems, diabetes and more.


A surreptitiously obtained Monsanto study was published in the January, 1990 issue of Pete Hardin's dairy industry newsletter MILKWEED.  At  that time, many Wisconsin dairymen were against Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.  Although FDA was promoting that animal drug, one visionary dared to risk all by sharing TRUTH with his peers.

Monsanto and FDA claimed that the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone was safe for dairy cows.  The actual data indicated otherwise.

Imagine an animal losing six percent of its body weight (100 pounds).What would you guess would be the effect on its body organs?  Would the organs also shrink or remain the same size?


While stressed animals lost weight, their body organs grew!
Adrenal glands squirt adrenaline into a mammal's system during
stressful events.  This powerful chemical is responsible for the
"fight or flight" response.

Cows treated with low doses of rbGH lost an average of 90 pounds, but their adrenal glands grew by a factor of 21% over the control group.The medium dose group experienced increases of 46%, while the high dosed group had adrenal growth rates of 51%.

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating metabolism.  The low
dose group experienced 7% growth increases.  The medium dose group experienced a 17% increase, while the high dose group experienced a 61% increase over the control group.

Liver and heart weights increased by double-digit factors in the
medium and high dose groups.  Ovary weights increased in excess of twenty percent in all three groups.

No biological effects?  Here are the actual data:

                CONTROL    LOW    MEDIUM    HIGH
                 GROUP     DOSE    DOSE     DOSE

TOTAL WEIGHT    1591 lbs   1501    1509    1487

THYROID         1.24 ozs   1.33    1.45    2.00
LIVER           23.9 lbs   23.9    27.0    26.8
HEART            7.5 lbs    7.5     9.0     9.0
ADRENAL         1.15 ozs   1.39    1.68    1.73
KIDNEY           3.7 lbs    4.1     5.1     5.3
OVARY           0.82 ozs   0.99    1.07    1.10


FDA approved milk from these cows for America's food supply in 1987.

When we drink hormone-filled milk from stressed animals, would it be reasonable to expect that these hormones might have an effect on our bodies?

I never heard the phrase "road rage" before 1990.  Today, television shows and newspaper stories carry daily accounts of anger and stress.

Student violence?  Children shooting children with guns?  Something is wrong with the way we act towards our fellow man.  Something is wrong with the way we act towards animals.  Forty percent of what the average American eats (666 pounds per year/capita) represents milk and dairy products containing powerful hormones.

The research results were an important clue, but FDA reviewers were piloting our ship, and they were asleep at the helm.  The pure SCIENCE from this study does not lie.  We are what we eat. Overstressed animals secrete fear and pain into their flesh and body fluids, and these chemical messengers merge into our cells and ultimately our consciousness.

Additional statistics on MILK:
Milk Controversy by Robert Cohen
Breast Cancer Statistics by William Harris, M.D.
Milk and Cancer Connection by Hans R. Larsen