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FDA wants judge to shut down unsanitary Staten Island facility

Euroline Foods LLC and Royal Seafood Baza Inc. violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by processing and distributing ready-to-eat fish, fishery products, vegetable salads and cheese products in a Staten Island facility where there were chronic unsanitary conditions. So says a civil complaint filed Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf… Continue Reading

Sessions clears way for food companies to ignore FDA guidance

Drugs, cosmetics, medical devices also now clear of some federal prosecutions for noncompliance

Those guidance documents the Food and Drug Administration hands out to food manufacturers and others don’t mean as much as they once did. The Department of Justice has changed its policy so government lawyers will no longer rely on guidance documents to establish civil law infractions. The policy change was not a surprise. Attorney General… Continue Reading

Feds target smoked fish operation once on Oprah’s favorite list

Federal officials are seeking a court order to stop a smoked fish operation from selling food because of repeated Listeria problems at its Westchester County, NY, facility. Known as The Smokehouse of New York, the business owned by Panagiota Soublis is in the municipality of Mamaroneck, NY. It uses Oprah Winfrey’s face on its much… Continue Reading

Permanent injunction against Syfrett Feed Co over medicated animal feeds

Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, FL, along with its owner and president, vice president and operations manager were  named Thursday in a consent decree of permanent injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The injunction permanently enjoins the defendants from distributing misbranded and adulterated medicated animal feed in violation of… Continue Reading

Dole’s Springfield shutdown, recalls cost company $36 million

Because the Dole Food Company is going public, financial documents it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available showing how much recalls and shutdowns have cost the company’s  Dole Fresh Vegetables unit during the past two years. A 2015 recall of bagged salads distributed in 13 states because a sample of Dole… Continue Reading

Federal court shuts down powdered milk producer

Additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement against Valley Milk Products LLC was taken last week. In  civil action, the government and Valley Milk Products LLC entered into a consent decree of condemnation, and U.S. District Court for the Western Division of Virginia issued an order for a permanent injunction against any distribution of… Continue Reading

Top food safety prosecutor continues accountability approach

The Justice Department’s top food safety prosecutor says the year-old “Yates Memo,” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said  “the memo’s changes in emphasis are yet to… Continue Reading

The food police are coming — liability and DOJ enforcement

Opinion

The notion that “the food police are coming” motivated attendees at the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference earlier this month to attend a session featuring Jeffrey Steger, assistant director in the Consumer Protection Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, and prominent attorney Doug Fellman, a partner, at Hogan Lovells US LLP. There have been many… Continue Reading