The FDA and U.S. Department of Justice this week announced an injunction against a dairy farm for illegal drug residues in animals sold for food. Specifically, the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Lawson Farm of Irasburg, Vermont, its owner, Robert Lawson and its manager, George R. Lawson.
The decree prevents the farm from purchasing or selling any animals for use as food unless and until they take actions to assure that animals with illegal drug residues do not enter the food supply. It also requires the defendants to keep written records to identify which animals have been medicated and to maintain a drug inventory.
The injunction follows an apparent pattern of violations, which the FDA says the defendants failed to correct. A news release from FDA includes a link to a warning letter regarding similar violations the agency sent to the farm in 2005
According to the FDA, inspections of the farm revealed that defendants administered animal drugs, including penicillin, in a manner not specified on the label, without a prescription and did not maintain adequate treatment records to prevent treated cattle from entering the food supply.
“The FDA continues to take strong enforcement actions against companies that put consumers’ health at risk,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The actions we took are necessary to ensure that foods do not contain illegal residues of drugs and are safe for consumers.”