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E-M:/ Len Co CAFO conditions risk food safety



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. 

The FDA 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. FDA recently 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 a warning."

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.

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See FDA warning letter to Vreba-Hoff:
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g5992d.htm  


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