Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

Murrock Farms 1/13/15

  

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Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 
New York District 
158-15 Liberty Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433  

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  
January 13, 2015
 
WARNING LETTER NYK-2015-18
 
 
VIA UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
DELIVERY SIGNATURE REQUESTED
 
Mr. Darryl T. Murrock, Owner
Murrock Farms
24658 State Route 283
Watertown, New York 13601-5129
 
Dear Mr. Murrock:
 
On November 03 and 11, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 24658 State Route 283, Watertown, New York. 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 June 5, 2014, you sold a bob veal calf, identified with ear tag (b)(4) and ear tag (b)(4), for slaughter as food. On or about June 6, 2014, (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 neomycin at 12.49 parts per million (ppm) in the kidney tissue. FDA has established a tolerance of 7.2 ppm for residues of neomycin in the edible tissues of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), 556.430(b)(1) (21 C.F.R. § 556.430(b)(1)). However, this tolerance does not apply to the use of (b)(4) in calves to be processed for veal (pre-rumination calves), and there is no acceptable level of residue associated with the use of this drug in veal 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 complete treatment records and you failed to identify and segregate treated animals. 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 (b)(4). Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use (b)(4) as directed by its approved labeling. Use of the drug in this manner is an extra-label use. See 21 C.F.R. 530.3(a).
 
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 administered (b)(4) to a bob veal calf identified with ear tag (b)(4) and ear tag (b)(4), which is a class of animal not set forth in the approved labeling. Your extralabel use of (b)(4) was not under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, in violation of 21 C.F.R. 530.11(a) and your extralabel use of (b)(4) 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).
 
In addition, you adulterated (b)(4) medicated feed within the meaning of section 501(a)(6) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 351(a)(6), when you failed to use the medicated feed in conformance with its approved labeling. The extralabel use of drugs in or on animal feed is specifically prohibited by section 512(a)(4), 21 U.S.C. § 360b(a)(4), of the FD&C Act, and 21 C.F.R. Part 530.11(b).
 
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 LCDR Catherine M. Beer, Compliance Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1 Winners Circle, Suite 110, Albany, New York 12205. If you have any questions about this letter, please contact Compliance Officer LCDR Catherine M. Beer at (518) 453-2314 x1015, or by e-mail at Catherine.beer@fda.hhs.gov.
 
 
Sincerely yours,
/S/
Ronald M. Pace
District Director
New York District
 

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