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Seafood processor netted for lack of hazard plan

A seafood processing facility in New York is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. Officials from the FDA inspected the Bronx, NY, the location of Fair Fish Co., Inc. on Feb. 27 and 28, and March 8, 2018. According to a May 31 warning letter recently made public by the FDA,… Continue Reading

Pecan processor cited for using pool chemical to soak nuts

Operators of a pecan plant are on notice because federal inspectors found live cockroaches, lab-confirmed rodent feces, general filth, and nuts soaking in a swimming pool chemical at the Orangeburg Pecan Co. Inc. The Food and Drug Administration has given the firm repeated opportunities to correct problems in the facility, according to a May 17 warning letter made public  in recent days. Food companies are given… Continue Reading

FDA cites candy maker NECCO for filth, rodent infestation

An iconic American candy maker is on notice from the FDA because of repeated violations of federal food safety laws at a production plant where Sweethearts and Mary Jane Peanut Butter candies are made. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Revere, MA, location of New England Confectionery Company Inc. — NECCO — from Nov. 13… Continue Reading

Patulin levels in juice, filth at plant prompts FDA warning letter

Hood River Juice Company Inc. in Hood River, OR, was inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Nov. 27 through Dec. 6 2017, and the results were not good. “The inspection revealed serious deviations of the juice Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 120 (21… Continue Reading

FDA puts seafood processor on notice for lack of hazard plan

A seafood processing facility in Kentucky is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. Officials from the FDA’s Division Office of Human and Animal Foods inspected the Milton, KY, location of MC Fish Co. March 20-23. According to an April 18 warning letter recently made… Continue Reading

FDA downgrades Gate Gourmet airline catering operation

In a March 29 warning letter the FDA formally notified Gate Gourmet Inc. owners that the classification of their airline catering facility in Erlanger, KY, has been downgraded from approved to provisional. In November of 2017 Gate Gourmet found Listeria in its Los Angeles kitchen at LAX airport, and several airlines including American, Delta and Virgin Australia suspended their use of the air catering service… Continue Reading

FDA warns bakery about insanitary conditions, pests

A bakery is on notice from the FDA because the firm’s products were prepared, packed, or held under conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to heath. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Olympia, WA, location of Blue Heron Bakery from Nov. 28 through Dec. 6, 2017, and discovered  “serious… Continue Reading

FDA gives Darwin’s pet food owners 15 days to clear up issues

Adulterated pet food, dead kitten, use of unapproved additive spur FDA warning letter

The FDA issued a formal warning letter to Arrow Reliance Inc. doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, citing pathogen problems at a production plant and saying scientific evidence shows the company’s cleaning solution is ineffective. Darwin’s is a manufacturer of raw pet foods and is based in Tukwila, WA. The April 2 warning letter… Continue Reading