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WARNING LETTER

Herrington Farms Inc.

Product:
Animal & Veterinary

Recipient:
Herrington Farms Inc.


United States

Issuing Office:
New York District Office

United States


   

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

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

 

June 26, 2015
 
WARNING LETTER NYK-2015-41 
 
 
VIA UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
DELIVERY SIGNATURE REQUESTED
 
Mr. Kenneth H. Herrington, President
Herrington Farms, Inc.
63 Herrington Lane
Troy, New York 12180-8117
 
Dear Mr. Herrington:
 
On May 6, 15 and 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation of your dairy operation located at 63 Herrington Lane, Troy, 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 two animals for slaughter as food that were 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 November 25, 2014, you sold a bob veal calf, identified with back tag # (b)(4), for slaughter as food. On or about November 26, 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 71.35 parts per million (ppm) of sulfamethazine residue in the liver and 64.29 ppm of sulfamethazine residue in the muscle. In addition, our investigation revealed that on or about January 6, 2015, you sold a bob veal calf, identified with ear tags #(b)(4) and #(b)(4), for slaughter as food. On or about January 7, 2015, (b)(4), slaughtered this animal. USDA/FSIS analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of 51.97 ppm of sulfamethazine residue in the liver and 50.57 ppm of sulfamethazine residue in the muscle. FDA has established a tolerance of 0.1 ppm for residues of sulfamethazine in the uncooked edible tissues of cattle as codified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), Section 556.670 (21 C.F.R. 556.670). However, this tolerance does not apply to the use of (b)(4) (sulfamethazine), NADA (b)(4) in bob veal calves (pre-ruminating calves), and there is no acceptable level of residue associated with the use of (b)(4)(sulfamethazine), NADA (b)(4) in bob veal calves (pre-ruminating calves). The presence of this drug in edible tissues from these animals in these amounts 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, you failed to identify animals that you transported and offered for sale and you held expired drugs in your drug inventory. 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) (sulfamethazine), NADA (b)(4). Specifically, our investigation revealed that you did not use (b)(4) (sulfamethazine), NADA (b)(4) as directed by its approved labeling. Use of this 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) (sulfamethazine), NADA (b)(4), to bob veal calf with back tag #(b)(4) and bob veal calf with ear tags #(b)(4) and #(b)(4) without following animal class as stated in the approved labeling. Your extralabel use of (b)(4) (sulfamethazine), NADA (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) (sulfamethazine), NADA (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 this 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 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 Catherine M. Beer at (518) 453-2314 x1015 or Email at Catherine.Beer@fda.hhs.gov.
 
Sincerely yours,
/S/ 
Ronald M. Pace
District Director
New York District
 
  
cc:        
            Mr. Philip H. Herrington, Vice-President
            Herrington Farms Inc.
            63 Herrington Lane
            Troy, New York 12180-8117
 
            Ms. Jessica Herrington, Treasurer
            Herrington Farms Inc.
            63 Herrington Lane
            Troy, New York 12180-8117