CARSON CITY, Nev.–The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released the results of its tests of milk from Churchill County dairies, and the findings show there are no human health concerns for human consumption of the milk. Water tests had shown that wells providing drinking water for dairy cows at two dairies near Fallon contained larger amounts of polonium-210 than did water from neighboring wells, and the FDA cooperated with Nevada state agencies in expediting the testing of milk from cows on those dairies.
Governor Gibbons issued the following statement upon learning the milk is safe:
“I wish to commend Nevada’s state agencies and the Food and Drug Administration for making this determination so quickly. FDA personnel and officials of the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Dairy Commission (of Nevada’s Division of Business and Industry), Health and Human Services and Conservation and Natural Resources have all put in long hours over the weekend to expedite the testing of milk. Their combined efforts have assured Nevadans that their milk is safe to drink and have assured the continued viability of the dairy industry in Churchill County.”
Nevada Division of Business and Industry Director Mendy Elliott, who oversees the Nevada Dairy Commission, praised the dairy farmers for their cooperation.
“The farmers deserve recognition for being proactive in the face of a difficult situation,” Elliott said. “On Friday, the Sorensen family and Oasis Dairy began voluntarily dumping their milk to assure the safety of the milk supply. I am glad today’s test results literally put them back into business as well as reassuring Nevadans that our milk has been safe all along.”