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Hostetler, Atlee W. 6/17/10

  

Department of Health and Human Services' logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 Cincinnati District Office
Central Region
6751 Steger Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45237-3097
Telephone: (513) 679-2700
FAX: (513) 679-2771

 

June 17, 2010

 

Via United Parcel Service

WARNING LETTER
CIN-10-107808-15

Atlee W. Hostetler
11553 Harrison Road
Apple Creek, Ohio 44606

Dear Mr. Hostetler:

On January 11 and 15, 2010 the US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 11553 Harrison Road, Apple Creek, Ohio 44606. This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) that we found during our investigation of your operation. You can find the Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on FDA's web page at www.fda.gov.

We found that you offered for sale an animal for slaughter as food that was adulterated. Under section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(2)(C)(ii), a food is deemed to be adulterated if it bears or contains a new animal drug that is unsafe under section 512 of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b. Further, under section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4), a food is deemed to be adulterated if it has been held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health.

Specifically, our investigation revealed that on or about August 19, 2009, you sold a bull calf, identified with the auctions backtag #(b)(4) for slaughter as food. On or about August 20, 2009, (b)(4), slaughtered this animal. United States collected from this animal identified the presence of 0.876 parts per million (ppm) of sulfamethoxazole in the muscle and 0.465 ppm of sulfamethoxazole in the liver. FDA has not established a tolerance for residues of sulfamethoxazole in edible tissues of calves. The presence of this drug in edible tissue from this animal in this amount causes the food to be adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(2)(C)(ii).

Our investigation also found that you hold animals under conditions that are so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply. For example, you failed to maintain treatment records and failed to keep an inventory system for determining the quantities of drugs used to medicate cows and calves. Food from animals held under such conditions is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4).

We also found that you adulterated the new animal drugs Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim. Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim Tablets, USP as directed by its approved labeling. Use of this drug in this manner is an extralabel use. 21 C.F.R. 530.3(a).

The extralabel use of approved animal or human drugs in animals is allowed under the Act only if the extralabel use complies with sections 512(a)(4) and (5) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b(a)(4) and (5), and 21 C.F.R. Part 530, including that the use must be by or on the lawful order of a licensed veterinarian within the context of a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship.

Our investigation found that you administered the human drug Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim Tablets, USP to a bull calf without following the dose, frequency of treatment, and withdrawal period as stated in the approved labeling or any written directions by a licensed veterinarian. Your extralabel use of Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim Tablets, USP was not under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(a); and your extralabel use of Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim Tablets, USP resulted in an illegal drug residue, in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(c). Because your use of this drug was not in conformance with its approved labeling and did not comply with 21 C.F.R. Part 530, you caused the drug to be unsafe under section 512(a) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 360b(a), and adulterated within the meaning of section 501(a)(5) of the Act, 21 U.S.C. 351(a)(5). 

The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. As a producer of animals offered for use as food, you are responsible for ensuring that your overall operation and the food you distribute is in compliance with the law.

You should take prompt action to correct the violations described in this letter and to establish procedures to ensure that these violations do not recur. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action without further notice such as seizure and/or injunction.

You should notify this office in writing of the steps you have taken to bring your firm into compliance with the law within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter. Your response should include each step that has been taken or will be taken to correct the violations and prevent their recurrence. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days of receiving this letter, state the reason for the delay and the time frame within which the corrections will be completed. Please include copies of any available documentation demonstrating that corrections have been made.

Your written response should be sent to Mark E. Parmon, Compliance Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 6751 Steger Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Mark E. Parmon at (513) 679-2700 Ext. 162.

Sincerely,

/s/

Teresa C. Thompson
District Director
Cincinnati District