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FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese companies

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A French company that packs olives and garlic and a sardine packer in Portugal are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for food safety violations at their facilities. In warning letters dated May 5 and recently made public by FDA, the agency outlined violations and gave the companies 15 working days to… Continue Reading

FDA warnings: Tacoma fish factory, St. Paul bakery cited

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Listeria monocytogenes growing on equipment and other surfaces in a Tacoma, WA, fish processing plant and filthy conditions with evidence of insect infestations in a St. Paul, MN, bakery earned business owners warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration recently. In the most recent batch of warning letters made public by the FDA, federal… Continue Reading

FDA warns seafood firms in Alabama, Ecuador to clean up

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The Food and Drug Administration found serious food safety violations at two seafood facilities, one in Ecuador and one in Alabama, according to warning letters recently made public by the federal agency. Food companies that receive FDA warning letters have 15 working days to respond with an outline the specific things they are doing to… Continue Reading

Nine days in March shows FDA is busy with warning letters

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Food and Drug Administration warning letters sent out from March 15 to 24, 2017 show the agency continues to target a multitude of practices that it finds  not in compliance. On March 15, FDA sent a warning letter to Country Favor Inc. in Maspeth, NY over the seafood importer’s “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard… Continue Reading

FDA warns two seafood firms, one dairy to clean up operations

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An Iowa dairy, a Seattle sushi manufacturer and a lutefisk maker in Minnesota are all on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA sent warning letters to each of the companies in March and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies… Continue Reading

Malaysian surimi facility comes up short at inspection

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A seafood processing plant in Malaysia owned by TS Food Industry Sdn. Bhd. is in serious violation of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An FDA inspection team visited the facility Oct. 18 and 19, 2016m finding problems that the company did not adequately… Continue Reading

More dog food recalled for possible barbiturate contamination

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A second dog food recall — this time by Against the Grain Pet Food Inc. — because of the barbiturate pentobarbital is underway in the wake of a recall of Evanger’s branded dog food, and it appears members of the same family own both companies. Pentobarbital is a sedative often used to euthanize animals. No… Continue Reading

String of cheese recalls continues, as does Listeria probe

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Five more brands of cheese are under nationwide recall, this time by Ohio distributor MDS Foods Inc., because of Listeria monocytogenes found in finished cheese made by Deutsch Kase Haus LLC. Although the MDS Foods recall is dated Feb. 11, it was not available on the Food and Drug Administration website until Monday afternoon. It… Continue Reading

Sara Lee recalls cheese; 3rd-party plant has history of Listeria

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Sara Lee Deli brand cheese is the latest on a growing list of product recalls because of Listeria found in cheese manufactured by Deutsch Käse Haus LLC of Middlebury, IN, which was warned in 2010 about Listeria monocytogenes in its plant. In addition to the Sara Lee cheese, since Thursday, three brands of cheese produced… Continue Reading

Deadly barbiturates preceded by 9 years of pet food problems

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. no stranger to FDA warnings, enforcement actions

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Joel Sher, vice president and co-owner of Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc., describes the company's products during a trade show.

It was inevitable. When I began eFoodAlert more than nine years ago, the first pet food safety problem that crossed my keyboard was Evanger’s brush with FDA. In April 2008, FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) ordered Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. to obtain an emergency operating permit after an FDA inspection uncovered “…significant deviations from prescribed… Continue Reading