Repeat violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C ACT) have led to the FDA filing an injunction against an operation in Idaho, according to an agency news release.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against owner Gregory T. Troost, doing business as T&T Cattle and T&T Cattle Pearl, and his farm manager for violations including illegally administering animal drugs for uses that are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The operation allegedly offered seven dairy cows for slaughter with illegal residues of penicillin and sulfadimethoxine. That violation follows FDA inspections in January 2002, January 2006, September 2010, and October through November 2012, during which investigators determined that the defendants had violated several provisions of the FD&C Act. These violations included the failure to keep adequate medication records to prevent unsafe drug residues in cattle offered for slaughter, failure to review treatment records prior to offering an animal for slaughter, and the use of medications for unapproved uses not specified on the drug label and in a manner that does not comply with FDA regulatory requirements.
The decree prohibits the defendants from selling animals for slaughter for human consumption until they have implemented record-keeping systems including drugs used, dosages, time of administration and withdrawal times.
Violative residues in slaughter cattle are rare, and federal actions of this type are uncommon. Back in July 2013, the FDA announced similar action against a dairy farm in Vermont. As with this case, the FDA had found a pattern of violations linked to the operation and had warned the farm owner previously, and filed the injunction after the operation shipped dairy cows with illegal residues to slaughter.