Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations
Short Branch Farms LLC 7/7/11
Department of Health and Human Services
|Public Health Service|
Food and Drug Administration
6751 Steger Drive
July 7, 2011
WARNING LETTER CIN-11-199154-22
Frankie C. Froggett
dba Short Branch Farms, LLC
130 L R Froggett Road
Center, KY 42212-8602
Dear Mr. Froggett
On May 12 - 18, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your farm operation located at the above address. 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 a cow that you owned was offered for sale for slaughter as food and 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 November 10, 2010, a cow that you owned, identified with back tag # (b)(4) was offered for slaughter as food. On or about November 17, 2010, (b)(4) Wyalusing, PA slaughtered this animal. United States Department of Agnculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of 2.845 parts per million (ppm) Tilmicosin in the liver tissue. FDA has established a tolerance of 1.2 ppm for residues of Tilmicosin in the liver tissue of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), 556.735 (21 C.F.R. § 556.735). The presence of this drug in edible tissues 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 allow your animals to be held 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 have a system to control administration of drug treatments to your animals, and you failed to maintain treatment records regarding the medication status of your animals.
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).
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 Stephen J. Rabe, Compliance Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 6751 Steger Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45237. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Rabe at 513-679-2700 Ext. 2163.
Teresa C. Thompson