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Regulatory Activities - July/August 2003

by Karen A. Kandra
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter July/August 2003 Volume XVIII, No 4

The following firms/individuals re-ceived warning letters for offering animals for slaughter that contained illegal residues:

  • John G. O’Hearn, Co-owner, O’Hearn Irish Dairy, Reedsville, WI
  • Jerimy Craig, Owner, Box Canyon Dairy, Wendell, ID
  • Mark G. Hohlmann, Owner, Lakeview Farms, St. Cloud, WI
  • David Vander Schaaf, Owner, David Vander Schaaf Dairy, Ontario, CA
  • Randy R. Stewart, Owner, Cottonwood Cattle Company, Sioux Falls, SD
  • James S. Lipiec, Little Falls, NY
  • David Hudson, Flintville, TN
  • Michael D. Geerlings, Owner, Scenic View Dairy, LLC, Fennville, MI
  • Michael E. Musser, Partner, Shady Grove Dairy, Ontario, CA

The above violations involved illegal residues of gentamicin in a cow; penicillin in a calf heifer; penicillin in a heifer; oxytetracycline in a culled dairy cow; multiple residues of gentamicin, sulfadimethoxine, oxytetracycline, penicillin, sulfamethazine, and tilmicosin in cattle; penicillin in a cow; sulfadimethoxine in a cow; neomycin in a dairy cow; and penicillin in a cow.

A warning letter was issued to Dr. Keith A. Budder, Rio Vista Veterinary Hospital, Painted Post, NY, for prescribing drug products for extralabel use resulting in illegal tissue residues in two animals offered for slaughter for human food. These include residues of flunixin and penicillin in cows.

A warning letter was issued to Robert D. DeGregorio, President, Land O’Lakes Farmland Feed LLC, Arden Hills, MN, for selling Category II, Type A Medicated Articles to a feed mill that does not have a valid FDA Medicated Feed Mill License.

A warning letter was issued to Steve L. Denk, President, Barr Animal Foods, Greenwood, WI, for significant deviations from the requirements set forth in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 589.2000—Animal Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed. This regulation is intended to prevent the establishment and amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. The inspection revealed that the firm was not labeling 50-pound blocks of frozen beef and bulk loads of beef bone chips and rendering waste, that are intended for animal feed, with the caution statement, “Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants.” This statement is required on products that contain or may contain protein derived from mammalian tissues and are intended for use in animal feed.

A warning letter was issued to John F. Turner, Owner, Manager, Millstone Agri Distributors, Maryville, TN, for significant deviations from Title 21 CFR 589.2000. Violations included failure to separate the receipt, processing, and storage of products containing prohibited material from products not containing prohibited material; failure to establish written procedures, including clean-out and flushing procedures, to avoid commingling and cross-contamination of common equipment; failure to maintain records sufficient to track prohibited materials; and, failure to label non-ruminant products with the required cautionary statement “Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants.”