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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

FDA warns seafood firms in Alabama, Ecuador to clean up

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

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

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

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

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