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E-M:/ Len Co CAFO conditions risk food safety
- Subject: E-M:/ Len Co CAFO conditions risk food safety
- From: Janet Kauffman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 12:52:40 -0400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2006
CONTACT: Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan
John Klein, President 517-383-2261
or Janet Kauffman 517-448-4973
FDA says Vreba-Hoff CAFO conditions "so inadequate"
that drug residues could enter the food supply
HUDSON, MI - The US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning
letter to Vreba-Hoff dairy CAFO (Dillon Hwy, Lenawee County) in August after investigations found multiple
food safety and animal/drug violations.
warned Vreba-Hoff that "you hold animals under conditions that are so inadequate
that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely
to enter the food supply."
Vreba-Hoff was cited for offering "an animal for sale for slaughter
as food" that was "adulterated" with penicillin. Violations were discovered
in tests by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.
According to the FDA, previous USDA tests of Vreba-Hoff cows sent
for slaughter as human food found oxytetracycline in cow tissues. "In
regard to this oxytetracycline residue, our investigator noted that you
administered an approved animal drug via a route, intrauterine, which was
not indicated in the labeling, without benefit of a valid veterinarian-client-patient
relationship and that you failed to maintain adequate treatment records."
The FDA noted that the letter "is not intended to be an all-inclusive
list of violations. As a producer of dairy cows that are offered for
use as food, you are responsible for ensuring that your overall operation
and the food you distribute are in compliance with the law."
"Food safety is a serious issue these days," said Janet Kauffman of Environmentally
Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan. "We're very concerned about the animals
at these huge facilitites. We're concerned about the sickness, the drugs.
shut down spinach producers because of food safety risks. Let's hope if
they find more contaminated meat from Vreba-Hoff, they do more than send
In the last 6 years, Vreba-Hoff has also been cited more than 50
times by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for violations
of water quality laws after animal waste flowed to streams.
See FDA warning letter to Vreba-Hoff: http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g5992d.htm