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B & E Dairy 1/28/14

  

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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 
Los Angeles  District
Pacific Region
19701 Fairchild Rd.
Irvine, CA 92612
Telephone:      949-608-2900
FAX:    949-608-4415

 

WARNING LETTER
 
VIA UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
SIGNATURE REQUIRED
 
 
January 28, 2014                                                                                             
 WL # 12-14
Mr. Eldert Van Dam and Mrs. Susan J. Van Dam, Owners
B & E Dairy
26599 Community Boulevard
Barstow, California 92311
 
 
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Van Dam:
 
On November 4 and 19, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 26599 Community Boulevard, Barstow, 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 August 5, 2013, you sold a dairy cow, identified with ear tag (b)(4) and back tag (b)(4) for slaughter as food. On or about August 5, 2013, (b)(4), California, slaughtered this animal. The United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of desfuroylceftiofur (marker residue for ceftiofur) at 1.8 parts per million (ppm) in the kidney tissue. The FDA has established a tolerance of 0.4 ppm for residues of ceftiofur in the kidney tissue of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), 556.113(b)(3)(i) (21 C.F.R. 556.113(b)(3)(i)). 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 drugs (b)(4), and (b)(4). Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use (b)(4) and (b)(4) as directed by their approved labeling or veterinary prescription. Use of these drugs in this manner is an extralabel 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 your dairy cows without following the duration of the treatment as stated in its approved labeling or veterinary prescription. 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). Also, our investigation found that you administered (b)(4) to your dairy cows without following the frequency of treatment as stated in its approved labeling or veterinary prescription. (b)(4) is prohibited for extralable use in cattle by 21 C.F.R. 530.41(a)(13)(ii).  Because your use of these drugs was not in conformance with their approved labeling and did not comply with 21 C.F.R. Part 530, you caused the drugs 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 dealer 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.
 
Please send your reply to the Food and Drug Administration, Attention: 
 
Blake Bevill, Director
Compliance Branch
Los Angeles District
19701 Fairchild Road
Irvine, California 92612-2506
 
If you have questions regarding any issues in this letter, please contact Robert McNab, Compliance Officer at 949-608-4409.
 
 
Sincerely,
/S/                                                                                 
Alonza E. Cruse, Director
Los Angeles District
 
 
Cc:     
Hugo Cornejo, Acting Chief
California Department of Public Health
Food and Drug Branch
1500 Capitol Avenue MS 7602
PO Box 997435
Sacramento, California 95899-7435