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DAIRY OPERATOR SENTENCED

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter May/June 2000 Volume XV, No III

On April 3, 2000, Arie C. Van Leeuwen, owner and operator of a dairy farm in Modesto, California, was sentenced to four years probation, including 12 months home detention. U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Coyle also ordered Van Leeuwen to pay a $100,000 fine. In addition, he was ordered to pay $100,000 civil penalty in a related State suit pending in the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

The Court also ordered Van Leeuwen to permanently refrain from any decision-making activities pertaining to the Van Leeuwen Dairy or any other dairy. He is also prohibited from participating or aiding in the following activities: custody, sale, consignment, or transport of any animals; the purchase or use of any drugs in animals; and keeping records pertaining to dairy operations.

In January 2000, Van Leeuwen pled guilty to a three-count Information charging him with introduction into interstate commerce of adulterated food with intent to defraud and mislead in violation of 21 U.S.C. sections 331(a) and 333(a)(2), a felony. He also pled guilty to two counts of criminal contempt, in violation of 18 U.S.C. section 401(3). Information about the guilty plea is contained in the March/April 2000 FDA Veterinarian (page 14.)