09/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

FDA Needs To Dismiss Former Monsanto Counsel

The recent appointment of Michael Taylor as FDA's Senior Food Safety Advisor is of major public health concern.

In 1984, FDA's Deputy Commissioner Taylor, former counsel for Monsanto and the leading national biotech umbrella organization, warned dairy producers and retailers against "hormone-free" labels on milk from cows that had not been injected with Monsanto's biotech milk stimulant, known as recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH, to increase milk production.

On the basis of Taylor's explicit assurances, FDA claimed that such labeling could be "false or misleading," as there was "no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows."

However, Taylor's assurance was blatantly false. rBGH induced toxic effects in cows including mastitis. Also, rBGH milk is significantly different from natural milk chemically, nutritionally, pharmacologically and immunologically. It is also contaminated with pus and antibiotics resulting from mastitis induced by the biotech hormone. However, in spite of such well-documented scientific evidence, the FDA authorized the sale and marketing of GE milk in 1984, while blocking any labeling.

Of further and major concern, as detailed in my 2006 book What's In Your Milk? (Trafford Publishing), drinking rBGH milk had been shown to increase risks of breast cancer in 1984. This evidence was later confirmed by over a dozen other scientific publications. rBGH milk was also subsequently shown to increase risks of prostate and colon cancers. Meanwhile, FDA's permissive policies on rBGH milk have remained unchanged for over two succeeding decades.

Based on these considerations, it is anticipated that FDA Commissioner Hamburg, M.D. will request the resignation of Michael Taylor.