A coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs submitted testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rule making authority of GIPSA. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says opponents of basic rights for producers and consumers have chosen the appropriations process as a mechanism to preempt the WTO process on COOL and limit the Ag Secretary’s authority to address anti-competitive market concerns.

The FDA has established a safe level of point-one parts per million for residues of Tilmicosin - a veterinary antibiotic used to treat cattle and sheep for bovine and ovine respiratory diseases - in muscle tissue and 1.2-parts per million in liver tissues. USDA’s FSIS tested a beef cow offered for sale as an animal for slaughter by a Virginia cattleman last year. In that testing - residues of the antibiotic resulted in 2.914 ppm in the muscle tissue and 19.994 ppm in the liver tissue.