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FDA, Justice Department takes action against Vermont dairy farm


US Food & Drug Administration

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the United States District Court for the District of Vermont entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Lawson Farm of Irasburg, Vermont, its owner, Robert Lawson, and its manager, George R. Lawson, for selling cows and bull calves for human food that contain illegal drug residues in violation of federal law. The decree, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, prevents Lawson Farm, Robert Lawson, and George Lawson from purchasing or selling any animals for use as food unless and until they take certain actions to assure that animals with illegal drug residues do not enter the food supply. It also requires the defendants to keep written records to identify which animals have been medicated and to maintain a drug inventory. Previous FDA inspections of defendants’ operations found recurring violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that defendants failed to correct. “The FDA continues to take strong enforcement actions against companies that put consumers’ health at risk,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The actions we took are necessary to ensure that foods do not contain illegal residues of drugs and are safe for consumers.”

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