Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Vermont Farm Agrees to Settlement with DOJ Regarding Tainted Animals Sold for Human Consumption

M. Sean High – Staff Attorney

One day after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint for permanent injunction to prevent a Vermont dairy farm’s use of unauthorized animal drugs in animals sold for human consumption, the parties filed an agreed upon settlement.

On December 7, 2015, on behalf of the United States of America, DOJ filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont requesting a permanent injunction against Correia Farm Limited Partnership for allegedly violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) by administering unapproved new animal drugs which resulted in unsafe drug residue levels in animals slaughtered for human consumption.   

On December 8, 2015, the parties filed a settlement consent decree for permanent injunction.  As part of the settlement, Correia Farm Limited Partnership agreed to a heightened level of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) oversight and scrutiny of their operation and to cease operations until the implementation of FDA approved “record-keeping and operational protocols designed to ensure consumer safety.” Significantly, Correia Farm Limited Partnership agreed not to resume food production (excluding milk) until an FDA determination that the operation’s manufacturing practices have come into compliance with the law.  

The agreed upon consent decree for permanent injunction now awaits judicial approval from the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont.

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