Food Engineering

FDA stops dairies from adulterating animal drugs and food

January 21, 2009

FDA has announced that the District Court for District of New Mexico has enjoined Do-Rene and Clover Knolls Dairies and their owners from adulterating new animal drugs and introducing adulterated food into commerce. Both companies are located in Clovis, NM.

FDA has cited the defendants on multiple occasions, most recently following inspections of the dairies from June 24 to July 1, 2008. During these inspections, the FDA investigator noted that the defendants were not keeping adequate medication records to prevent unsafe drug residues in cattle destined to slaughter, that they failed to review treatment records prior to offering an animal for slaughter, and that they were using medications for unapproved indications not specified on the drug label. Although using drugs in this “extralabel” manner is legal with a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship, the defendants did not have such a relationship.

In tissue samples collected since 2003, FDA determined that both dairies offered 12 animals for slaughter with illegal drug residues, which included flunixin, penicillin, neomycin and sulfadimethoxine.