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FDA warns producers of ice pops, canned food to clean up

A South Carolina ice pop manufacturer and an Oregon low-acid canned food producer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of federal food safety rules. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in August and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working days to… Continue Reading

FDA warns bakery about mold, slime, ignorance of the law

A bakery in New Mexico is on notice from the FDA for failing to take required steps to ensure that food handling techniques, facility cleaning and sanitization, and pest protection are in accordance with food safety regulations. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Gallup, NM, location of K&B Company Inc. on May 8-15 and discovered the “serious violations,” according to a July 5 warning letter made public… Continue Reading

FDA issues warning letters to producers of cookies and codfish

A California bakery and a New York seafood importer are both on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for violations of the federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. The FDA sent the warning letters to the companies in May and July, and posted them for public view in recent days. Companies are allowed 15 working… Continue Reading

FDA warns seafood processor for lack of hazard plan

A seafood processing facility in Missouri is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control point (HAACP) regulation. Officials from the FDA’s West Division Office of Human and Animal Food inspected the Caruthersville, MO, location of Mann’s Fish Market on May 18-19. According to… Continue Reading

Cow had 8,000% the legal limit of drug in edible tissue

A beef cow-calf operation is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration because of the presence of three drugs in edible tissue samples collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Testing showed residue of one drug at more than 8,000 percent the amount allowed by law. Officials from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected the… Continue Reading

Importer warned to step up verification on smoked fish

An importer in Southern California is on notice from the FDA for failing to take required steps to assure that the smoked salmon and mackerel it brings into the U.S. have been produced in accordance with food safety regulations. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration inspected the Van Nuys, CA, location of B&I Overseas… Continue Reading

Mahard Egg Farm on notice for Salmonella control violations

An Oklahoma facility of Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. is on notice from the Food and Drug Administration for serious violations of federal regulations about Salmonella contamination prevention. In an April 26 warning letter that FDA just recently made public, the agency warned owner Earnest A. Mahard III that the company’s response after an October 2016… Continue Reading

FDA warns NJ food firm to clean up or risk forced closure

Neither management nor employees at a New Jersey food manufacturing plant understand the basics of food safety, according to federal officials who described conditions at Products Africana Inc. as “egregious” recently. Problems included live and dead insects on food and food mixing equipment, live and dead rodents, patches of mold measured in square yards, and… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters target French, Portuguese companies

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

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