Vermont Dairy Farm Illegally Administered Drugs to Cattle, says FDA

Vermont Dairy Farm Illegally Administered Drugs to Cattle, says FDA
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December 15, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken action against a dairy farm with a history of violating federal food and drug laws.

Wynsum Holsteins, a dairy farm in Vermont, is prohibited from selling cows for slaughter until it puts into place a procedure that keeps animals with illegal drug residues from entering the food supply.

A 2014 inspection revealed that the farm violated several provisions in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA found that the company offered for sale cows with illegal drug residue in their tissue, administered drugs contrary to the label directions with proper veterinary oversight and supervision, and failed to maintain adequate treatment records.

This isn't the first time Wynsum Holsteins has gotten in trouble with the FDA. A 2012 inspection revealed similar violations, prompting the agency to issue a warning letter. The company promised to take corrective actions, but the latest inspection showed that the company failed to address their violations.

The dairy and its partners are prohibited from selling animals for slaughter until they have implemented record-keeping systems that ensure animals with illegal drug tissue residues are not sold. These systems must also ensure that drugs are not used in a manner contrary to the labeling with a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Failure to do so could also result in civil or criminal penalties.