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From: TSS (wt-d6-133.wt.net)
Subject: Re: VENEMAN RESIGNS AFTER HER MISHANDLING OF THE MAD COW (BSE) IN THE USA
Date: November 15, 2004 at 11:17 am PST

In Reply to: VENEMAN RESIGNS AFTER HER MISHANDLING OF THE MAD COW (BSE) IN THE USA posted by TSS on November 15, 2004 at 7:23 am:


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Veneman handed in her letter of resignation to President Bush last Friday, Nov. 12.
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 13:19:50 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE
References: <4198CC10.7030500@wt.net>


Ag Secretary Veneman resigns, replacement may be named today

by Pete Hisey on 11/15/04 for
Meatingplace.com

Ending a contentious four-year term as Secretary of Agriculture, Ann
Veneman announced her resignation today. She joins Secretary of State
Colin Powell, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Energy Secretary Spencer
Abraham and Secretary of Education Rod Paige in senior administration
officials leaving in the wake of George W. Bush's reelection as president.

The resignation took many industry observers by surprise, as Veneman had
signaled that she planned to stay on during Bush's second term. However,
the name of Charles Stenholm, a conservative Texas Democrat who lost his
seat in the Texas redistricting shuffle, has already surfaced as a
possible replacement. Stenholm was the senior minority leader on the
House agricultural committee and has many years of experience in the
agricultural field.

Rosemary Mucklow, executive director of the National Meat Association,
noted that "Agriculture Secretary is a grueling job. Overall, she has
been a very good secretary, and this is probably good for her
personally. There are, of course, things we wish she had done
differently, but it's a tough job, and it's impossible to make everybody
happy."

Bill Bullard, chief executive of R-CALF USA, which is in the process of
suing USDA to prevent the agency from reopening the Canadian border to
live cattle and beef products, said the resignation surprised him. "We
will work very closely with her replacement, because this is a critical
time in our industry. We hope that her replacement understands that this
industry is not just about the beef producers, but about the independent
cattle producers."

Veneman's tenure was "disappointing," Bullard said, as the organization
had lobbied USDA extensively without much effect. "We exhausted all of
our administrative remedies, and had no option but to go to court," he
said. Stenholm may be no better from R-CALF's perspective; the
congressman has been closely aligned with his state's large feedlots,
whose operators in general favor reopening the Canadian border, a move
R-CALF bitterly opposes.

The American Meat Institute's Patrick Boyle, on the other hand, said he
will miss Veneman, noting that her response to the BSE crisis a year ago
was so successful that consumer confidence in beef is at near record
levels. "The last 12 months have presented intense challenges for
Secretary Veneman and her department, and she has faced them with vision
and commitment," Boyle said in a statement. "In addition, under Veneman,
USDA's food safety efforts have complemented the industry's own food
safety initiatives. The result: bacteria on raw meat and poultry down
dramatically and so too are many foodborne illnesses."

President Bush is expected to announce Veneman's replacement later
today. In addition to Stenholm, other names rumored to be on the short
list include White House agriculture adviser Chuck Conner and US special
trade representative for agricultural affairs Allen Johnson.
http://www.meatingplace.com/DailyNews/init.asp?iID=13403


WELL, i will be looking for her to be serving hamburgers along side
here former Employee Dr. Detwiler at McDonalds.

well, she aint' exactly serving hamburgers ;-)

International Scientific Advisory Council
McDonald's International Scientific Advisory Council adds further
strength to our beef safety program by providing independent expert
scientific and medical advice on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

snip...

Dr. Linda Detwiler. Adjunct Professor, Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland. Also provides
private animal health consulting services, with specializations in
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, emergency preparedness, and
animal product issues related to imports and exports. Formerly Senior
Staff Veterinarian, Emergency Programs Staff, U.S. Department of
Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the unit
principally responsible for surveillance, prevention, and education
activities related to BSE. Member of various international working
groups and advisory committees on TSEs. Author of numerous articles on
the issues.

http://www.mcdonalds.com/corp/values/socialrespons/resrecog/expert_advisors0/international_scientific.html

WHOMEVER takes over, will just be better at covering-up any cases of
BSE/TSE in the USA. reason she got run off was her blunders with BSE/TSE
like that little old cow in TEXAS that was stumbling and stagering and they
refused to test. or the 500 more UPI found out about via FOIA. NOPE, they
will only seek someone better at protecting (not the consumer), but there
pretious commodity, beef. look for her to go to work for some agri corp
that pays her a couple million a year. NO place like America...

> Stenholm may be no better from R-CALF's perspective; the congressman
> has been closely aligned with his state's large feedlots, whose
> operators in general favor reopening the Canadian border, a move
> R-CALF bitterly opposes.

snip...

> We hope that her replacement understands that this industry is not
> just about the beef producers, but about the independent cattle
> producers."


PROTECT THE INDUSTRY AT ALL COST, including human health $

Monday, November 15, 2004 15:18 GMT
Daily Report
by Traders Exchange Corporation
http://www.tradersexchange.com

snip...

Meats: Cattle prices have gotten slammed recently and we would continue
to advise traders to position in long term puts as we advised before the
recent sell off. Cattle markets have been slammed on the daily charts
but on weekly and monthly charts we have much further to go. It could be
the world is waking up to the fact that the USDA testing methods for Mad
Cow (BSE) here in the United States is pathetic. The U.S. Cattle
industry would love to see the borders be reopened to Japan because
before the ban the U.S. exported 1.4 billion dollars worth of cattle to
Japan. Japan tests every cow for human consumption and the USDA test
nothing, would you want U.S. cattle probably not. High Prices and Weak
Fundamentals. The rest of the commentary will remain the same and maybe
the USDA will get up to par with the rest of world and stop trying to
cut corners, who cares if testing would add a few cents per pound. Human
safety is a little more important. Let's touch base on Japan they
imported last year about 1.3 billion dollars worth of beef from the
United States. Japan has banned U.S. Beef because of the Mad Cow found
in Washington State last December. Japan tests 100 percent of all cattle
for human consumption and Europe tests 1 in 4. What does the USDA test
here in the Unites States??? The European Comm.'s risk assessment of the
U.S. states that young age at slaughter makes it unlikely that full
clinical cases could be detected. Half of the U.S. cows don't make it
past 4 here in the U.S. before being turned into hamburger meat. Europe
test about 2000 times more cattle then what the U.S. does. Testing of
every cow slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S. is the only way
to ensure the safety of the American people and foreigners that import.
What happened in Washington last December of discovering Mad Cow Disease
is not surprising what is surprising is that the inadequacy of our
testing program actually found it. Traders should avoid the long side of
this market and build long term put positions. Live and Feeder Cattle
are still trading near historical highs when they should be at
historical lows...

http://futures.fxstreet.com/Futures/content/100530/content.asp?menu=commodities&dia=15112004


######## Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #########

Greetings List members,

damning testimony below. be sure to _first_ open up real player competely,

then paste your url in there. this worked best for me.........TSS


US SENATOR AND STAN THE MAN SLAM USDA ''DAMNING TESTIMONY''


Senator Michael Machado from California


''USDA does not know what's going on''.

''USDA is protecting the industry''.

''SHOULD the state of California step in''


Stanley Prusiner

''nobody has ever ask us to comment''

''they don't want us to comment''

''they never ask''


i tried to see Veneman, after Candian cow was discovered with BSE.
went to see lyle. after talking with him... absolute ignorance... then thought i should see Venemon... it was clear his entire policy was to get cattle boneless beef prods across the border... nothing else mattered... his aids confirmed this... 5 times i tried to see Veneman, never worked... eventually met with carl rove the political... he is the one that arranged meetingwith Venemon... just trying to give you a sense of the distance... healh public safety... was never contacted... yes i believe that prions are bad to eat and you can die from them...END


Dr. Stan bashing Ann Veneman - 3 minutes


http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/08snip.ram


Recall Authority and Mad Cow Disease: Is the Current System Good for
Californians?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
JOINT HEARING


AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND SELECT
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT - MACHADO, ORTIZ, and SPEIER, Chairs
Choose a RealPlayer video --->
Selected excerpts:

Opening Statement by Senator Michael Machado

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/machado.html


Elisa Odibashian - Consumers Union

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/odibashian.html


Anthony Iton - Alemeda County Health

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/iton.html


USDA's "memorandum of understanding"

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/usda.html


Dave Louthan - Killed the Mad Cow

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/louthan.html


Dennis Laycraft - Canadian Cattlemen's Association

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/laycraft.html


Stanley Prusiner - Discoverer of Prions

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/prusiner.html


Steven DeArmond - Professor of Neuropathology

http://maddeer.org/video/embedded/dearmond.html


Entire 5 hour hearing - The California Channel
(scroll down to "022404 Senate Info-Hearing")

http://www.calchannel.com/february2004.htm

=============================================================

HERE IS THE TEXAS MAD COW THAT WENT TO THE RENDER WITHOUT BEING TESTED AND OTHER MULTIPLE FLAWS IN THE SYSTEM;

July 13, 2004

IG Audit Finds Multiple Flaws in Mad Cow Surveillance Plan
Rep. Waxman raises questions about the effectiveness and credibility of
USDA's response to mad cow disease, citing an audit by the USDA
Inspector General that finds systemic deficiencies in the Department's
surveillance plan and new evidence that USDA misled the public in the
wake of the detection of an infected cow in Washington State.

- Letter to USDA

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_let.pdf


http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_let.pdf

IG Draft Audit

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_rep.pdf


http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_july_13_ig_rep.pdf

May 13, 2004

Failure To Test Staggering Cow May Reflect Wider Problems
Rep. Waxman raises concerns that the recent failure of USDA to test an
impaired cow for BSE may not be an isolated incident, citing the failure
of USDA to monitor whether cows condemned for central nervous system
symptoms are actually tested for mad cow disease.

- Letter to USDA

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_may_13_let.pdf

http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdfs_108_2/pdfs_inves/pdf_food_usda_mad_cow_may_13_let.pdf

===============================================

THAT ONE TEXAS MAD COW IS ONLY TIP OF ICE BURG;

No mad cow results for nearly 500 cows

By Steve Mitchell
United Press International
Published 8/11/2004 11:23 AM


WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture failed
to test for mad cow disease or collect the correct portion of the brain
on nearly 500 suspect cows over the past two years -- including some in
categories considered most likely to be infected -- according to agency
records obtained by United Press International.

The testing problems mean it may never be known with certainty whether
these animals were infected with the deadly disease. Department
officials said these animals were not included in the agency's final
tally of mad cow tests, but the records, obtained by UPI under the
Freedom of Information Act, indicate at least some of them were counted...

snip...

--

Steve Mitchell is UPI's Medical Correspondent. E-mail sciencemail@upi.com
Copyright © 2001-2004 United Press International


http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040810-042935-2066r

PLUS, ANN'S TRIPLE BSE FIREWALLS FOR MAMMALIAN FEED BAN IS A HOOT ;

PRODUCT
Product is custom made deer feed packaged in 100 lb. poly bags. The
product has no labeling. Recall # V-003-5.
CODE
The product has no lot code. All custom made feed purchased between June
24, 2004 and September 8, 2004.
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Farmers Elevator Co, Houston, OH, by telephone and letter dated
September 27, 2004. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Feed may contain protein derived from mammalian tissues which is
prohibited in ruminant feed.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
Approximately 6 tons.
DISTRIBUTION
OH.

END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR October 20, 2004

PRODUCT
Product is custom made steer/cattle feed packaged in 100 lb. poly bags.
The product has no labeling. Recall # V-001-5.
CODE
The product has no lot code. All custom made feed purchased between June
24, 2004 and September 8, 2004.
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Farmers Elevator Co, Houston, OH, by telephone and letter dated
September 27, 2004. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Feed may contain protein derived from mammalian tissues which is
prohibited in ruminant feed.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
Approximately 80 1√Ľ2 tons of steer/cattle feed.
DISTRIBUTION
OH.

_______________________________

PRODUCT
Product is custom made sheep/goat feed packaged in 100 lb. poly bags.
The product has no labeling. Recall # V-002-5.
CODE
The product has no lot code. All custom made feed purchased between June
24, 2004 and September 8, 2004.
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Farmers Elevator Co, Houston, OH, by telephone and letter dated
September 27, 2004. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Feed may contain protein derived from mammalian tissues which is
prohibited in ruminant feed.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
Approximately 8 tons.
DISTRIBUTION
OH.

_______________________________

END OF ENFORCEMENT REPORT FOR October 20, 2004

http://www.fda.gov/

PRODUCT
a) Product is 9 Mile Steer Feed, packaged in white poly weaved
bags, each containing 100 lbs. A white label tied to the
inlet of each bag with twine identifies the product. Recall
# V-187-4;
b) Product is 9 Mile Pig and Sow Feed, packaged in white poly
weaved bags, each bag containing 100 lbs. A white label tied
to the inlet of each bag with twine identifies the product.
Recall # V-188-4.
CODE
The products contain no code date.
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Farmers Elevator, Co., Houston, OH, by telephone and letters dated
September 8, 2004. Firm initiated recall is ongoing.
REASON
Products may contain protein derived from mammalian tissues which is
prohibited in ruminant (steer) feed. FDA regulation, if the feed is
intended for non-ruminants (pigs), the bag labels must bear the
statement √¨Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants√ģ.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
700 lbs. Steer feed and 1,500 lb. Pig and sow fed.
DISTRIBUTION
OH.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforce/2004/ENF00869.html

PRODUCT
a) Premier Catfish Food, packaged in 50 pound bags (white paper
with an orange label). Recall #V-190-4;
b) Happy Fisherman Fish Food, pellet form, 50 pound bags.
Recall # V-191-4.
CODE
a) T1 Best By 08/27/05;
b) T21 Best By 11 DEC 05 and T11 Best By 02 OCT 05.
RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER
Sunshine Mills, Inc., Tupelo, MS, by telephone beginning on April 14,
2004. Firm initiated recall is complete.
REASON
The catfish food contains prohibited material (meat & bone meal) but
does not contain the cautionary statement, "Do not feed to cattle or
other ruminants" on the label.
VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
1,092  50 pound bags.
DISTRIBUTION
TX and MO.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforce/2004/ENF00869.html


Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

San Francisco District
1431 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502-7070
Telephone: 510/337-6700


VIA HAND DELIVERY

Our Reference No. 1000123954

June 23, 2004

Ronald M. Foster, Manager
Randall C. Boyce, Manager
Trevor O. Foster, Manager
George P. Foster, Manager
Fresno Farming LLC
P.O. Box 457
1000 Davis Street
Livingston, California

WARNING LETTER

Dear Mssrs. Foster, Boyce, Foster, and Foster:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of
your medicated animal feed mill operation, Fresco Farming LLC, located
in Traver, California from April 14, 2004 through May 6, 2004, and found
significant deviations from the requirements set forth in Title 21, Code
of Federal Regulations, Section 589.2000 (21 C.F.R. 589.2000) - Animal
Proteins Prohibited in Ruminant Feed. The regulation is intended to
prevent the establishment and amplification of Bovine Spongiform
Encephalopathy (BSE). Because you failed to follow this rule, products
you manufactured and distributed are adulterated within the meaning of
Section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act)
because they were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions
whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.

Our inspection found the following violations of 21 C.F.R. 589.2000:

1. Failure to provide for measures to avoid commingling or
cross-contamination of products that contain or may contain protein
derived from mammalian tissues into animal protein or feeds that may be
used for ruminants to comply with 21 C.F.R. 589.2000(e)(1)(iii).

* Your firm uses a vacuum system to clean up spilled product in the
tunnel area. This tunnel area houses the two receiving conveyor
systems and the elevators for the two conveyor systems. When
product, including ruminant meat and bone meal, is spilled onto
the floor of this area, the spilled product is vacuumed up by the
vacuum system and, via a discharge hose, was placed into a
conveyor system that your firm had designated as free of ruminant
meat and bone meal. Your firm admitted that it was unaware of the
vacuum system discharging into the conveyor systems designated as
free of ruminant meat and bone meal and that this had been in
place since April 2003. Your firm remedied this problem during
FDAs April/May 2004 inspection by removing the discharge hose
connection to the conveyer system that your firm had designated as
free of ruminant meat and bone meal .
* Your firm uses a dust collection system that pulls dust from
systems that receive both ruminant meat and bone meal and feed
ingredients intended for ruminants. This dust system then
discharged collected product back into the two conveyor systems
via a cross connection, thereby making it likely that ruminant
meat and bone meal became commingled with ruminant feed
ingredients. Your firm admitted that it was unaware of the cross
connection and that it had been in place since April 2003. Your
firm removed the cross connection during FDAs April/May 2004
inspection.

2. Failure to maintain written procedures specifying the clean-out
procedure or other means, and specifying the procedures for separating
products that contain or may contain protein derived from mammalian
tissue from all other protein products from the time of receipt until
the time of shipment, to comply with 21 C.F.R. 589.2000(e)(1)(iv). This
observation was also noted during FDAs July/August 2003 inspection of
your firm.

* There are no written procedures for separating products that
contain prohibited material from ingredients used in ruminant
feeds from the time of receipt until the time of shipment.
* The written procedure for cleaning out or flushing equipment after
mixing feeds containing prohibited material was not adequate to
prevent contamination of ruminant feed with prohibited material.

3. Failure to maintain records sufficient to track materials that
contain protein derived from mammalian tissues throughout their receipt,
processing, and distribution to comply with 21 C.F.R. 589.2000(e)(1)(i).
This observation was also noted during FDAs July/August 2003 inspection
of your firm.

* Specifically, your firm has failed to develop and implement
complete written procedures to separate ruminant meat and bone
meal from feed ingredients intended for ruminants from the time of
receipt until the time of distribution. The written procedures
that do exist fail to address the use of equipment common to
ruminant meat and bone meal and ruminant feed ingredients.

The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies at
your facility. As a manufacturer of materials intended for use as animal
feed, you are responsible for assuring that your overall operation and
the products you manufacture and distribute are in compliance with the law.
You should take prompt action to correct these violations, and you
should establish a system whereby such violations do not recur. Failure
to promptly correct these violations may result in regulatory action
without further notice, such as seizure and/or injunction.

You should notify this office in writing within fifteen (15) working
days of receiving this letter of the steps you have taken to bring your
firm into compliance with the law. Your response should include an
explanation of each step being taken to correct the violations and
prevent their recurrence. If corrective actions cannot be completed in
fifteen (15) working days, state the reason for the delay and the date
by which the corrections will be completed. Include copies of any
available documentation demonstrating that corrections have been made.

Please send your reply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
Attention: Ms. Harumi Kishida, Compliance Officer, 1431 Harbor Bay
Parkway, Alameda, California 94502-7070. If you have questions regarding
this letter, please contact Ms. Kishida at (510) 337-6824.

Sincerely,

/s/

CD Moss, Acting DD for
Barbara J. Cassens
District Director
San Francisco District

cc:
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
C. Michael Blasco, Feed Mill Manager
Fresno Farming LLC
P.O. Box 430
Traver, California 93673

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4849d.htm


Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

Chicago District
550 West Jackson Blvd., 15th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Telephone: 312-353-5863


July 12, 2004

WARNING LETTER
CHI-16-04

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Mr. Donald E. Hamilton, President/Owner
Illini Feeds, Inc.
P.O. Box 86, 1145 State Hwy. 94
Aledo, Illinois 61231

Dear Mr. Hamilton:

On February 19 and 20, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
conducted an inspection of your animal feed handling facility located at
1145 State Highway 94, Aledo, Illinois. The inspection found significant
deviations from the requirements set forth in Title 21, Code of Federal
Regulations, Part 589.2000 (21 CFR 589.2000) - Animal Proteins
Prohibited in Ruminant Feed. This regulation is intended to prevent the
establishment and amplification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
(BSE). The deviations cause the swine feed manufactured by your facility
to be misbranded within the meaning of Section 403(a)(1) of the Federal
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act).

Our investigation found that salvaged pet food containing prohibited
material was added as an ingredient to the swine products manufactured
at your facility. During the inspection, our investigator found that you
failed to label your non-ruminant products with the required caution
statement - Do not feed to cattle or other ruminants. [21 CFR
589.2000(d)(1)]

The above is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of violations. As
a manufacturer of materials intended for use in animal feed, you are
responsible for assuring that your overall operation and the products
you manufacture and distribute are in compliance with the law.

You should take prompt action to correct this violation, and you should
establish a system whereby such violations do not recur. Failure to
promptly correct this violation may result in regulatory action without
further notice, such as seizure and/or injunction.

During the inspection, you told the investigator that you would put the
required cautionary statement on your products that contain prohibited
material, and maintain tracking documents for all incoming ingredients,
including animal proteins prohibited in ruminant feed. Please notify
this office in writing within 15 working days of receiving this letter
of any further steps you have taken to assure that your firm is in
compliance with the law. Your response should also include an
explanation of each step taken to correct the violations, and prevent
their recurrence. Please include copies of any available documentation
such as written procedures, corrected labeling, etc., demonstrating that
corrections have been made. If corrections cannot be completed within 15
working days, state the reason for the delay and the date by which the
corrections will be completed.

Your reply should be directed to Paul A. Boehmer, Compliance Officer, at
the above address.

Sincerely,

/s/

Scott J. MacIntire
District Director

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4840d.htm


Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

Chicago District
550 West Jackson Blvd., 15th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Telephone: 312-353-5863


June 15, 2004

WARNING LETTER

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Mr. David W. Bernauer
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Walgreen co.
200 Wilmot Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015

Dear Mr. Bernauer:

Inspection of your firms warehouse at 5100 Lake Terrace N.E., Mt.
Vernon, Illinois, by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 25, 26, and 27, and
March 2, 2004, documented numerous insanitary conditions which caused
the food and drug products stored there to become adulterated.

Our inspection showed that the food and drug products stored and held at
your facility violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the
Act), rendering them adulterated. These adulterated fwd and drug
products: a) consisted in whole or in part of filthy substances,
including rodent fecal pellets, rodent hair, and insects, in violation
of Section 402(a)(3) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 342(a)(3)]; and/or b) had
been held under insanitary conditions whereby they have become
contaminated with rodent filth, in violation of Sections 402(a)(4) and
501(a)(2)(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. 342(a)(4), 351(a)(2)(a)].

Evidence of rodent activity documented throughout the old and new
warehouse included dead mice in traps, excreta pellets, and gnawed paper
material observed in, on, and near food and drugs stored in the
warehouse. Rodents gnaw holes were observed into several packaged food
products with rodent hairs at gnaw holes into products. Many more fecal
pellets were on food and drug packages and still more were found near
the stored foods, drugs, and cosmetics in the warehouse.

Other conditions observed during the inspection that could be
contributing factors to rodent infestation include damaged and/or poorly
fitting rail and truck dock doors, gaps around a conduit entry into the
building, and the structural condition of the concrete and expansion
gaps at floor/wall/support beam junctions in various areas of the
warehouse allowing the entry or harborage of pests. Additionally, the
investigators observed cobwebs, dead insects, dust, debris, product
spillage, and papers in the warehouse, indicating a general lack of good
sanitation practices.

Also, products that contain or may contain animal protein prohibited
ruminant feed (BSE material) failed to bear the caution statement, Do
not feed to cattle or other ruminants. Specifically, pet food products
were salvaged, repackaged, and donated to [redacted] and other similar
organizations in the area, without the proper labeling and agreement
that they would not be used for ruminants. Please refer to Title 21,
Code of Federal Regulations, Section 589.2000, concerning these
requirements.

Our laboratory confirmed the findings of rodent excreta, rodent hairs on
product gnaw holes, and rodent gnawed fibers (packaging material)
sampled from the warehouse during the inspection.

The above listed violations are not intended to be all-inclusive. It is
your responsibility to assure adherence with each requirement of the Act
and its implementing regulations. The investigators reported that you
destroyed food products that showed evidence of contamination and began
to take some steps to correct the insanitary conditions in your
facility. We request that you take prompt action to correct all violations.

Please provide this office, within 15 working days of receipt of this
letter, a detailed response stating the actions you plan to take and
have taken to correct and prevent the recurrence of these objectionable
conditions. Provide the time within which corrections will be completed,
reasons why any corrective action cannot be completed, and documentation
to show that corrections have been made. Failure to take prompt action
to correct all violations may result in regulatory action without
further notice. Such action includes seizure and/or injunction.

Your reply should be directed to Paul A. Boehmer, Compliance Officer, at
the Chicago District Office.

Sincerely,

/s/

Scott J. MacIntire
District Director

cc:
Stephen J. Lawrence,
Distribution Center Manager
Walgreen Co.
5100 Lake Terrace NE
Mount Vernon, IL 62864-9665

http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4853d.htm

RECALLS AND FIELD CORRECTIONS: VETERINARY - CLASS II

_______________________________

PRODUCT

a) Bulk whole corn. Recall # V-150-4;
b) Bulk rolled corn. Recall # V-151-4;
c) Bulk rolled corn with added fat. Recall # V-152-4.

CODE

No coding information is used.

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER

Fresno Farming LlC, Traver, CA, by letters on June 30, 2004. Firm
initiated recall is ongoing.

REASON
Corn for feed may be contaminated with RUMINANT MEAT AND BONE MEAL.

VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE
Unknown.

DISTRIBUTION
Unknown.
____________________________

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforce/2004/ENF00857.html

gotta love those USA TSE/BSE triple firewalls $$$

TSS






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