PhotoThe Department of Justice (DOJ), at the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Wynsum Holsteins, a dairy farm located in West Addison, Vermont, and its partners, Anthony, Barbara, and Stephen Correia.

The company is accused of violating several provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) including offering for sale cows with illegal drug residues in their tissue, administering drugs contrary to label directions without proper veterinary oversight and supervision, and failing to maintain adequate treatment records.

Earlier warning

This isn't the first violation. Following a 2012 inspection that revealed similar violations, the FDA issued a warning letter in March 2013 and the company promised to take corrective actions. However, an FDA inspection in 2014 showed that the company failed to address their violations.

“When a company refuses to comply with federal laws we must take the necessary enforcement actions to ensure that the food that enters the American food supply is safe,” said Daniel McChesney, Ph.D., director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance at the FDA. “Until Wynsum Holsteins takes corrective measures to address their violations we must order them to cease operations to make sure that food they produce does not put consumers at risk.”

The consent decree prohibits Wynsum Holsteins and its partners from -- among other things -- selling animals for slaughter until they have implemented record-keeping systems that ensure animals with illegal drug tissue residues are not sold. The systems must also ensure that drugs are not used in a manner contrary to the labeling without a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

Failure to obey the terms of the consent decree could also result in civil or criminal penalties.

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