Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
Magic Milk Dairy, Inc. 29-Jul-03
Public Health Service
22201 23rd Drive SE
sotheu, WA 98021-4421
July 29, 2003
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
In reply refer to Warning Letter SEA 03-24
Brent A. Funk, President/Owner
Magic Milk Dairy, Inc.
2911 North 4000 E.
Hansen, Idaho 83334
Dear Mr. Funk:
An Inspection was conducted at your dairy from located at 2911 North 4000 E., Hansen, Idaho, by our investigators on June 16 and June 19, 2003. This inspection confirmed that you offered animals for sale for slaughter as food in violation of Sections 402(a)(2)(C)(ii)
and 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), and caused a new animal drug to become adulterated within the meaning of Section 501(a)(5).
A food is adulterated under Section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act if it contains a new animal drug that is unsafe within the meaning of Section 512 of the Act. You sold two dairy cows which had drug residues as follows:
1. On or about January 23, 2003, you sold a culled dairy cow, back tag # 82VL5365, identified on USDA Case # 8-0202-03, and fiather identified on USDA-FSIS lab report # 433485, for slaughter as human food to [redacted]. USDA analysis of tissue samples collected from that animal identified the presence of Penicillin in the kidney at 0.33 parts per million (ppm). The tolerance for Penicillin in edible tissues of dairy cattle is 0.05 ppm.
2. On or about February 10, 2003, you sold a culled dairy cow, back tag # 82VL5365, identified on USDA Case # 8-0202-03, and further identified on USDA-FSIS lab report # 433489, for slaughter as human food to [redacted]. USDA analysis of tissue samples collected from that animal identified the presence of Sulfadimethoxine in the liver at 0.19 ppm and in the muscle tissue at 0.10 ppm. The tolerance for Sulfadimethoxine in edible tissue is 0.10 ppm. (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 556.510) of cattle (Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 556.640). A food is adulterated under Section 402(a)(4) of the Act if it has been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions.. .whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health. As it applies in this case, insanitary conditions means that you hold animals, which are ultimately offered for sale for slaughter as food, under conditions which are so inadequate that medicated animals beating possibly harmful drug residues may enter the food supply.
A new animal drug is adulterated under Section 501(a)(5) of the Act if it is administered in a manner other than in accordance with the directions specified in the labeling, thereby making it unsafe within the meaning of Section 512(a)(1)(B). A food is adulterated under Section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act if it contains a new animal drug that is unsafe within the meaning of Section 512 of the Act.
For example, our investigator noted the following conditions on your farms:
1. You lack an adequate system for det ermining the medication status of animals you offer for slaughter.
2. You lack an adequate system for assuring that animals to which you administer medication have been withheld from slaughter for appropriate periods of time to deplete potentially hazardous residues of drugs.
3. You lack an adequate system for assuring that drugs are used in a manner not contrary to the directions contained in their labeling.
You should be aware that it is not necessary for you to have personally shipped an adulterated animal into interstate commerce to be responsible for a violation of the Act. The fact that you offered an adulterated animal to be slaughtered into food for human consumption where it was held for sale in interstate commerce is sufficient to make you responsible for violations of the Act.
For your information, in October 1994 Congress passed the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act, which permits extra-label use of drugs under certain controlled conditions as specified in 21 Code of Federal Rermiations (CFR) Part 530. ExtraJabel use means actual use or intended use of a drug in an animal in a manner that is not in accordance with the approved labeling. Extra-label use is only permitted if the use is by or on the lawful order of a licensed veterinarian within the context of a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship and in conformance with criteria set forth in the regulation. Such extra-iabel use would include, for example, the use of Penicillin at 30-35ccs when the label indicates a dose of 15ccs in dairy cattle.
The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. Government records available to us indicate there have been other occasions when you have offered drug adulterated animals for sale as human food. As a producer of animals which are offered for use as food, you are responsible for assuring that your overall operations and the food you distribute are in compliance with the law.
You should take prompt action to correct the above violations and to establish procedures whereby such violations do not recur. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action without further notice such as seizure and/or injunction. This letter constitutes official notification under the law and provides you an opportunity to correct. Within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of this letter, notify this office in writing of the specific steps you have taken to correct these violations and preclude their recurrence. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen working days, state the reason for the delay and the time frame within which corrections will be completed.
Please send your written reply to the Food and Drug Administration, Attention: Bruce Williamson, Compliance Officer, 22201 23rd Drive SE, Bothell, WA 98021. If you have questions regarding any issue in this letter, please contact Mr. Williamson, Compliance Officer, at(425) 483-4976.
Charles M. Breen