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Cow had 8,000% the legal limit of drug in edible tissue

A beef cow-calf operation is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration because of the presence of three drugs in edible tissue samples collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Testing showed residue of one drug at more than 8,000 percent the amount allowed by law. Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected the… Continue Reading

Seafood Processors Get Warning Letters For HACCP Violations

Warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently have gone out to four domestic  seafood processors and a Puerto Rico importer. The first, dating back to Oct. 1, 2015, went to Vernon, CA-based New Zealand Seafood Marketing for “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. The warning… Continue Reading

Report Suggests Taking a Second Look at Safety of Animal Drugs

There might be more animal drugs to worry about than just antibiotics. That’s according to a report released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) this past week. “America’s Secret Animal Drug Problem” is an overview of safety information currently available for commonly used animal drugs. In addition to the antibiotics, CFS also addressed beta-agonists,… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Dairy, Seafood Processors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published warning letters last week sent to a dairy and to two seafood processing facilities. Goyenetche Dairy of Buttonwillow, CA, was cited for illegal drug residues in the tissues of a dairy cow sold for slaughter for food. FDA wrote that the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading

FDA Seeks Comments on Risk Assessment of Drug Residues in Milk

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know what the public thinks of its risk assessment of drug residues in milk. The risk assessment, entitled, “Multicriteria-Based Ranking Model for Risk Management of Animal Drug Residues in Milk and Milk Products,” is a tool to assist with reevaluating which animal drug residues should be included… Continue Reading

CSPI Wants to See FDA’s Findings on Drugs in Milk

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is anxious to see the results of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on whether illegal drugs were found in the country’s raw milk supply. The organization has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for data from the Center for Veterinary Medicines’ Raw Milk… Continue Reading

Codex Adopts Limits on Lead in Infant Formula, Arsenic in Rice

At the its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted a number of new standards, including maximum acceptable levels of lead in infant formula and of arsenic in rice. The commission was established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Five Dairies and Two Seafood Processors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted seven warning letters in the past week consisting of warnings to five dairies — all for drug residue issues — and to two seafood processors for insanitary conditions. FDA sent a letter to seafood processor Polonica Inc., of Carteret, NJ, for “serious violations” involving a number of products that… Continue Reading

FDA Warns NY Ranch Owner After Finding Potentially Harmful Drug Residues in Veal Calf

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to the owner of Riverview Ranch and Livestock in New York after an investigation found that the operation sold an adulterated animal for slaughter for food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) analyzed kidney tissue samples of a bob veal calf… Continue Reading

High Drug Residues Found at California Meat and Dairy Operations

Violators receive FDA warning letters

Dairy and meat farms in California were among the most recent establishments to receive federal warning letters after unacceptable levels of drug residues were found in cattle that they sold for slaughter. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration visited each establishment to inspect operations there and looked at records to track animals that were slaughtered…. Continue Reading