Judge Rules that Maryland's Old Carolina Farm Must Track Drug Use in Livestock

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) — A Maryland farm must identify and track animals treated with drugs before selling the livestock for slaughter for human consumption, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Garbis told Old Carolina Farm and owner Francis Roderick to establish a record-keeping system to keep tabs on the drugs.

Old Carolina Farm has a history of selling dairy cows and certain veal calves that contain illegal residues of new animal drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a release Wednesday. The amounts of drug residues were above established tolerance levels for human food and pose a serious public health hazard, the agency said.

Inspectors visited Old Carolina Farm several times during the past 10 years, the FDA said. During the most recent inspections, the defendants admitted they sold animals for slaughter for use as human food before drug withdrawal times expired, resulting in illegal drug residues. They also admitted they didn’t maintain records for animal medical treatment or drug inventory.

Terms of the judge’s consent decree for permanent injunction said the defendants can’t sell adulterated animals or use drugs in animals in which such drugs are expressly forbidden, the FDA said.

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