MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal officials have sent warning letters to two central Minnesota dairy farms for allegedly using high levels of antibiotics in cows.
The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported the farms were among 30 nationwide reprimanded so far this year for violating regulations.
J&L Dairy, in Clarissa, Minn., sent a cow to slaughter in March that was drugged with 129 times the amount of penicillin allowed. A cow from Evergreen Acres Dairy, LLC, in Paynesville, Minn., had more than four times the allowed amount of an antibiotic. Further inspection found the farm had misused 10 other drugs.
Linda Korfe, who owns J&L Dairy with her husband Jerry, said Saturday she hadn't seen the warning and her husband was unavailable. But she said any drug misuse would be unintentional because they try to abide by regulations.
Keith Schaefer, the owner of Evergreen Acres Dairy, said he was shocked when the FDA notified him of the violation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service had tested a cow he sent to slaughter on Sept. 16, 2008 and found high levels of the antibiotic neomycin.