Two cattle operations located west of the tiny hamlet of Doon, IA
are getting the sort of scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration that it normally reserves for dairy farms.
dealers Clifford J. Blom and Timothy R. Nelson received July 28 warning
letters from FDA about their cattle operations located in Iowa’s most
northwest corner close to Sioux Falls, SD.
inspection teams visited the Iowa cattle businesses last March 10 to 16,
finding violations of the the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Cattle sold for slaughter as human food was found to be adulterated because of unsafe animal drug residues.
cattle dealers, on or about last Jan. 19, sold cows identified
by numbered tags for slaughter as human food. Tissue samples from
both animals were taken by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS) and analyzed.
The animals were found to have levels of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin in excess of the tolerance level of 0.125
parts per million (PPM). In both instances, FSIS said the Iowa cattle dealers sold animals with .0.159 ppm in the liver tissues.
responded to the FDA-483 Form, the inspection report, proposing
corrective action. FDA said it would evaluate those changes during its
Nelson and Blom were asked to
respond to the FDA in Kansas City within 15 working days of receiving
their warning letters with “steps taken or will be taken to correct the
violations and prevent their recurrence.”
Uttecht Dairy Farm at Birnamwood, WI also received a July 28 warning
letter stemming from its inspection last May 23-25 by FDA.
veal calf sold last Dec. 6 by the dairy operation was found with 14.91
ppm of neomycin in the kidney tissue; more than double the allowed limit
of 7.2 ppm.
Another veal calf sold for
slaughter as human food last March 7 was found with neomycin at 124.54
ppm, over the 7.2 ppm limit. It also had slightly elevated
“You lack an adequate system
to ensure that animals medicated by you have been withheld from
slaughter for appropriate periods of time to permit depletion of
potentially hazardous residues of drugs from edible tissues,” FDA said
in the warning letter.
FDA said the Wisconsin
dairy farm is failing to maintain drug treatment records, an adequate
inventory system, and sale and transport records.
a producer of animals offered for use as food, you are responsible for
ensuring that your overall operation and food you distribute is in
compliance with the law,” FDA added.