A cattle dealer from Albany, Ohio, has been sentenced to five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and 150 hours of community service for selling adulterated food into interstate commerce and for making false statements to federal investigators.
According to charges filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Ohio, Cory Gillette presented cattle to slaughterhouses that tested positive for Gentamicin, a new animal drug prohibited in food that is considered a medically important antimicrobial for humans and not approved for use in cattle.
Gillette pleaded guilty to those charges in January.
In 2014, Gillette delivered the adulterated calf from Ohio to Addison, Ind., where it was to be slaughtered for human consumption. The calf tested positive for Gentamicin, and the case was referred to the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations for a follow-up investigation.
In 2015, Gillette knowingly made false statements to an FDA investigator during the follow-up onsite investigation of Cory Gillette Farm, saying that he had purchased the calf containing positive Gentamicin residue at a livestock auction in Zanesville, Ohio, which was untrue and an attempt to mislead investigators. He also falsely claimed that he had stopped dealing/hauling livestock permanently in March 2014.
During a 2017 inspection, Gillette admitted to purchasing sick calves and selling them for human consumption. He failed to maintain any treatment records.