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Jorge Dairy 8/21/12

  

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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 
San Francisco District
Pacific Region
1431 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502-7070
Telephone:    510-337-6700
        FAX:    510-337-6701

 

UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
DELIVERY SIGNATURE REQUESTED
        
Our Reference: 1000100927
            WARNING LETTER
August 21, 2012
 
Mr. Frank P. Jorge, Co-Owner
Mrs. Estrella D. Jorge, Co-Owner
Jorge Dairy
10342 White Crane Road
Atwater, California 95301
 
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Jorge:
 
On June 25 and 29, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 10358 White Crane Road, Atwater, California. This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) that we found during our investigation of your operation. You can find the FD&C 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 FD&C 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 FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360b. Further, under section 402(a)(4) of the FD&C 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 January 9, 2012, you consigned two cows for sale through (b)(4).  One of these cows was subsequently identified with back tag (b)(4) and sold for slaughter as human food.  On or about January 10, 2012, (b)(4), slaughtered this animal. United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of penicillin at 2.29 parts per million (ppm) in the kidney tissue.  FDA has established a tolerance of 0.05 ppm for residues of penicillin in the uncooked edible tissues of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Section 556.510 (21 C.F.R. 556.510). 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 FD&C 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 complete treatment records. Food from animals held under such conditions is adulterated within the meaning of section 402(a)(4) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4).
 
We also found that you adulterated the new animal drug sterile penicillin G procaine injectable suspension (b)(4). Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use penicillin G procaine as directed by its approved labeling.  Use of this drug in this manner is an extralabel use. See 21 C.F.R. 530.3(a). We have enclosed a copy for your reference.
 
The extralabel use of approved animal or human drugs in animals is allowed under the FD&C Act only if the extralabel use complies with sections 512(a)(4) and (5) of the FD&C 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 administer sterile penicillin G procaine injectable suspension (b)(4) to your dairy cows without following the dosage, dosage amount per injection site, withdrawal period prior to slaughter, and conditions for use as stated in the approved labeling. Your extralabel use of sterile penicillin G procaine was not under the supervision of a licensed veterinary in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(a).  Because your use of this drug was not in conformance with its approved labeling, you caused the drug to be unsafe under section 512(a) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360b(a), and adulterated within the meaning of section 501(a)(5) of the FD&C 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 Lawton W. Lum, Director, Compliance Branch, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, San Francisco District, at 1431 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, California 94502. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer Karen L. Robles at (916) 930-3674 extension 1114 or via e-mail at Karen.Robles@fda.hhs.gov.
 
Sincerely, 
/S/
Barbara J. Cassens
District Director
San Francisco District
U. S. Food and Drug Administration