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Permanent Injunction Sought Against Dairy For Selling Antibiotics-Tainted Cows

August 31, 2010: 11:41 AM EST
The U.S. Justice Department has asked for a permanent injunction against Michigan-based Scenic View Dairy and four top executives alleging that they sold dairy cows for human consumption that contained illegal drug residues in edible tissues. The complaint was filed on behalf of the FDA in a Michigan federal court. The defendants were also charged with selling for slaughter dairy cows that had been treated with drugs “contrary to the drugs’ FDA-approved labeling and without a valid veterinary prescription authorizing such use.” The company was warned numerous times about the violations by the FDA and the USDA. Drug traces allegedly found in the tainted meat included the antibiotics neomycin, penicillin, and sulfadimethoxine. Meat containing illegal levels of drugs can lead to development of bacteria that resist antibiotics, the FDA said.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "FDA seeks court order against Michigan dairy", News release, FDA, August 31, 2010, © FDA
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