Feds take action against Idaho cattle operation

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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.  

FDA 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.

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ks  |  September, 10, 2013 at 09:11 AM

How were these guys caught? Does the FDA spot check the butched meat or did someone report them?

Ron Gill    
Texas  |  September, 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

All cattle slaughtered at a plant that sells meat in interstate commerce are subject to Federal inspection by an USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). Inspection begins as cattle arrive at the plant. Anti-mortem inspection is conducted prior to slaughter. There is random sampling done but there are also testing done on all suspect cattle that exhibit some physical characteristic that make the inspector think that it might have been treated. In addition, producers who have had prior violations are susceptible to additional inspection and monitoring. A list of residue violators are available to slaughter plant managers and the plants are required to keep track of cattle delivered from those producers. If cattle are delivered to the plant they will routinely require sampling of cattle from those producers before they will process them in their plant

Lori Janes    
September, 10, 2013 at 01:36 PM

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corrine wynne    
September, 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM

This is why horse slaughter will fail. Absolutely no records on horses about anything they recieve, no limits on what amounts, types of drugs, volumne injected or orally administered. Just a paper from a random killer buyer saying i owned the horse one day and to my knowledge this thirty head of random.animals have never been medicated. So much for food safety. Death for all!

above God    
Heaven  |  September, 14, 2013 at 06:58 AM

As Long As Thr Frsnch Are The Ones Dying.

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Milpitas, CA  |  October, 09, 2013 at 01:19 PM

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