09/01/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Hamilton, MI – The U.S. Department of Justice filed a request for a permanent injunction against Scenic View Dairy of Hamilton, Michigan, its president and three managers on Tuesday, August 31, 2010. The FDA announced that the complaint, which was issued on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is based on allegations that the firm sold dairy cows for human consumption that contained illegal antibiotic residues in edible tissues.
The complaint was filed in the U.S. District court for the Western District of Michigan. It claims the defendants sold cows for slaughter that were treated with drugs that the FDA did not approve for use.
The complaint states the violations occurred from 2002 through 2010 at three farms, located in Fennville, Freeport and Gowen, Michigan. Scenic View Dairy president Michael D. Geerlings, Fennville farm manager Mark A. Lucas, Freeport farm manager Michael J. Van Dam and Gowen farm manager Jeremy A Portell were named as defendants.
According to the press release, “Between 2001 and 2010, the FDA notified the defendants of its inspection findings on at least eight occasions, and USDA sent Scenic View at least 11 letters regarding illegal tissue residues.”
Investigators found illegal neomycin, penicillin and sulfadimethoxine drug residues in edible tissues of the cows the farms sold for human consumption.
The use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption increases human resistance to the products. It can also cause reactions in people with allergies.
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