The representatives at Ganz Dairy claim to be “forthright and truthful.”

At the press conference the media questioned those involved with Ganz Dairy on the use of Methylene blue in the treatment of infected cattle.

“We are leaving all questions in regards to the health and symptoms of the cows to the experts,” said Dusty Wynn, the representative for Ganz Dairy present at the press conference.

Dr. Cord Brannigan, local authority on dairy animal management, said that Methylene blue was being used in the care for the  sick cattle.

“This sickness could stem from a couple different possibilities,” Brannigan said. “The poisoning could come from either the crops and things the animals are eating or directly from the affected water supply.”

Representatives for the Utah Agricultural Quality Control Board, or UAQCB, told the public that a side-effect of the treatment could be the purple coloring of the animals’ urine.

“We have not been able to find any disease that could cause that symptom,” said Dawn Otterby, UAQCB representative. “The dye is the only thing that could do that.”

Throughout the day Ganz Dairy representatives have been vague regarding their use of this treatment on their cattle prior to this morning. Statements from the dairy imply today is the first time Methylene blue has been used.

“This whole thing was a shocker,” Wynn said. “We are doing everything we can to treat the animals now that we’ve identified the problem and the cause.”

Though scientists have said that nitrate poisoning cannot be spread to humans via milk or meat from infected cattle, precautionary measures have been taken by the Food and Drug Administration of Utah in order to prevent such a cross-species infection from occurring.

“The FDA is placing a hold on all products and byproducts within and shipped from Utah in the last seven days,” said Phil Frasier, head of the Utah FDA.

Neighbors of the dairy found Wynn’s comments on Methylene blue treatment to be controversial.

“It’s a conspiracy,” said Ginger Astair. “Those cows were urinating purple first thing this morning. They had to be getting that treatment before today.”

By Paul Christansen and Michael Royer 

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