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.

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Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected the Newcastle, NE, farm owned by Janine and Jerald Stewart, where the company produces animals offered for use as food. According to a June 28 warning letter recently made public by the FDA, an inspection
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An egg production facility in Puerto Rico was the target of a March 11, 2015, warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was only recently made public. FDA WarningThe letter followed a FDA inspection this past Dec. 2-10, 2014, that found the facility was in serious violation of production, storage and transportation regulations aimed at the control of Salmonella enteritidis (SE). Noncompliance with these regulations means that eggs from the facility are considered to be adulterated, FDA stated. The warning letter was directed to Glidden Martinez, owner of Granja La Cabaña Inc., the egg production facility
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High animal drug residues have been found in the edible tissues of bob veal calves sold for slaughter by a Vermont dairy.

Tissue samples taken after slaughter by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  identified desfuroylceftiofur in the muscle tissue at 2.68 parts per million (ppm), desfuroylceftiofur in the kidney tissue at 13.53 ppm, and flunixin in the liver tissue at 13.2 ppm.

A second bob veal calf returned an analysis of tissue samples collected from this animal identified the presence of desfuroylceftiofur in the kidney at 9.47 ppm, and the presence of flunixin in the liver tissue at

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Warning letters on March 25, March 28, and April 6 put dairy farms in California, Idaho and Wisconsin on notice about misuse of animal antibiotics.   

In each case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it turned to the testing USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service does on animal tissues after slaughter to determine what, if any, animal drug residues are still found in the meat.

The three antibiotics that FDA said turned up in tests of animals from these dairy farms were all common, and included:

— Flunixin, also known as flunixin meglumine, is a nonsteroidal anti-fammatory

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Two Pennsylvania dairy farms were found selling bob veal calves for slaughter with higher than allowed levels of specific animal antibiotics in their edible tissues.

In Feb. 15 warning letters to the Lloyd B. Zimmerman and Sons dairy farm at Danville, and the Jesse R. Petre dairy farm at Greencastle, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said both operations were offering animals for sale that were adulterated under federal law.

Both Pennsylvania dairy farms are in trouble for using neomycin, an amino glycoside antibiotic discovered in 1949 and used in many topical medications.  

But for Zimmerman, violations included

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The Pastime Lakes Dairy located near Lakeview, CA apparently did not get the memo.  

Here’s the information Pastime missed:

“Cattle must not be slaughtered for human consumption within 4 days of the last treatment. Milk that has been taken during treatment and for 36 hours after the last treatment must not be used for food. Not for use in dry dairy cows. A withdrawal period has not been established for this product in preruminating calves. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Not for use in horses intended for food.”

That’s the “residue warning”  on the

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George’s Wright Family Dairy, located near Baxley, GA sold two cows last summer for slaughter for use as human food that subsequent tissue sample testing by USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service showed were juiced with too much flunixin.

The FDA tolerance level for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is 0.125 parts per million in the liver tissue of cattle.

Yet FSIS found 0.151 ppm of flunixin in the liver tissue of one cow sold by the Wright Family Dairy, and 0.512 ppm of flunixin in the liver tissue of the second cow.

“Our investigation found that you administered flunixin to a

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