Top Residue Violators

Foodborne illness isn’t the only health threat from factory farms. Overuse of antibiotics can fuel the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the use of artificial growth hormones, growth promoters and other veterinary drugs can leave residues behind in the meat that consumers buy.

The USDA samples some meat for residues of antibiotics, other veterinary drugs, heavy metals and pesticides. Between July 2011 and March 2015, the following meatpacking companies and plants had at least 10 residue violations found during USDA sampling:

Establishment Name

City

State

Violations

Cargill 620 Total
Wyalusing PA 276
Milwaukee WI 214
Fresno CA 100
Fort Morgan CO 13
Plainview TX 13
Schuyler NE 4
Ohio Farms Packing Co., Ltd Creston OH 480
Gold Medal Packing, Inc Rome NY 217
California All Natural Modesto CA 197
VPP Group, LLC Norwalk WI 190
Green Bay Dressed Beef Inc. Green Bay WI 158
Cutting Edge Meat Newman CA 131
JJ Meat Company Madera CA 124
Central Valley Meat Co. Inc Hanford CA 122
Abbyland Foods 110 Total
Abbotsford WI 70
Curtiss WI 40
FPL Packing Co Inc. Augusta GA 87
Jimmy Dean Foods Inc Newbern TN 81
Long Prairie Packing Co Inc. Long Prairie MN CMN 76
Booker Packing Company Booker TX 65
JDT Slaughter House LLC Doylesburg PA 62
Swaggerty Sausage Company Kodak TN 55
Tri-State Beef Co Inc. Cincinnati OH 53
Michigan Veal, Inc. Hudsonville MI 52
ABF Packing Inc. Dublin TX 51
Champlain Beef Co. Inc. Whitehall NY 49
American Beef Packers, Inc. Chino CA 47
JBS 47 Total
Green Bay WI 26
Tolleson AZ 12
Grand Island NE 8
Cactus TX 1
Southeastern Provision LLC Bean Station TN 44
Nicholas Meat Packing Loganton PA 39
Mattatoio Di Modesto, Inc. (Mdm) Modesto CA 36
Al-Madina Halal Slaughterhouse Marshall MI 35
Brown Packing Co Gaffney SC 35
Los Banos Abattoir Los Banos CA 34
Lampaert Meats Duvall WA 33
H& B Packing Co, Inc Waco TX 29
Bartow Processing Co Inc. Cartersville GA 27
Northern Beef Products Inc. Greeley CO 27
Rancho Feeding Corp Petaluma CA 27
Walt’s Wholesale Meats Woodland WA 26
Delta Meats LLC Newman GA 24
Bartel’s Meat Co Inc. Eugene OR 23
Cimpl’s Packing Co Yankton SD 23
Caviness Packing Co Inc. Hereford TX 21
Tri-County Packing Inc. Claysburg PA 21
Texas Best Proteins Santo TX 20
Florida Beef Inc. Zolfo Springs FL 17
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. 17 Total
Denison IA 10
Dakota City NE 4
Lexington NE 2
Logansport IN 1
Bob Evans Farms Inc. Hillsdale MI 16
Cabin Hollow Butcher Shop Dillsburg PA 16
Gibbon Packing Gibbon NE 16
Pork King Packing, Inc. Marengo IL 16
Dallas City Packing Inc. Dallas TX 15
Smithfield Beef Group – Souder Souderton PA 15
Ganaderos Alvarado Inc. Arecibo PR 14
Randolph Packing Co Inc. Asheboro NC 14
Martin’s Abattoir & Wholesale Meats Godwin NC 13
Valley Beef, Inc. Wendell ID 13
Wamplers Farm Sausage Lenoir City TN 13
Yosemite Valley Beef Packing Co Merced CA 13
Zabiha Halal Meats Fairmount IN 13
Central Packing Co Inc. Center Hill FL 12
Mayar Meat Processing Livingston CA 12
Central Valley Meat Co, Inc. Hanford CA 11
LRN Processors, Inc. Newman CA 11
Brewer Meats North Vernon In 10
C & F Meats Co, Inc. College Grove TN 10
Dale T. Smith & Sons Meat pack Draper UT 10
Owyhee Meat Company Homedale ID 10

The data on residue violations come from the National Residues Program Data Warehouse maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The agency takes samples from approximately 150,000 head of livestock out of nearly 150 million slaughtered every year to test for illegal residues and residue levels. These residues include antibiotics and other animal drugs, pesticides, and heavy metals. The violations listed here were found through regulatory testing conducted by the agency between July 2011 and March 2015, and we have listed those plants that had at least 10 violations. The meat from these animals did not go into the food supply.

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