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FDA warning letters: Plant problems, drug residues, seafood HACCP

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most recently posted food-related warning letters went to a produce processing facility and a dairy in Michigan, an acidified food manufacturer in Japan, and a fish exporter in Ukraine. The agency told Pearson Foods Inc. in an Oct. 26 warning letter that a June 14-27 inspection of its ready-to-eat… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Salmonella risk, pests, undeclared gluten

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A shell egg farm in Missouri, a cheese manufacturer in Texas, and a bakery in Florida were recipients of the most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA’s Kansas City District Office wrote to Cedar Creek Egg Company LLC on Nov. 8 to say that inspections done Aug. 23-25 and… Continue Reading

FDA finds Listeria in California fresh fruit processing facility

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Listeria monocytogenes has been found in three of 100 environmental samples and in one product sample taken this past spring at a fresh fruit processing facility in Vernon, CA. The samples were collected by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors who visited the Simply Fresh Fruit Inc. plant in April and May, and Whole Genome Sequencing analysis… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Pests, debris, seafood HACCP problems

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One of the two most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to The Smoked Goat Co. Inc. in Havre de Grace, MD. The warning letter from the agency’s Baltimore District Office, dated Oct. 24, told the company that an inspection of its facility from Aug. 12-17 found “significant violations” of Current… Continue Reading

Egyptian firm recalls some frozen strawberries for Hepatitis A

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The International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan City, Egypt, is voluntarily recalling frozen strawberries in response to the ongoing investigation into a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration’s recall announcement, dated Sunday, stated that the company’s action was taken in consultation with FDA because… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Bugs, dirt, seafood and juice HACCP regs

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Recently posted food-related FDA warning letters address alleged violations of juice and seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations, along with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for foods. FDA’s Los Angeles District Office wrote to Shining Marble Inc. on Sept. 30 to say that violations of both seafood HACCP and CGMP regulations were observed during a… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP, misbranding, drug residues

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Four out of five recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to companies based in other countries. Three involve seafood HACCP issues, while the other two address food labeling/misbranding problems and drug residues, respectively. FDA wrote to Tentay Food Sauces Inc. on April 19 to say that violations of seafood HACCP… Continue Reading

FDA warning letters: Seafood HACCP issues, Salmonella in pistachios

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On Sept. 30, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Shin Ho Sing Ocean Enterprises Co. Ltd. in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, to inform the company that its HACCP plan for frozen, cooked saury did not meet federal requirements. The warning letter explained that FDA had acquired a copy of the firm’s HACCP… Continue Reading

FDA warns California firm about pistachios linked to Salmonella outbreak

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A California company has been warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fully document any manufacturing changes it makes so that two Salmonella strains found in its pistachios and linked to a multistate outbreak this past spring will not recur. The FDA warning letter, dated Oct. 7, was addressed to Stewart Resnick, owner of The Wonderful Company based… Continue Reading

FDA testing finds weed killer residue in honey, instant oatmeal

EPA calls glyphosate 'unlikely to be carcinogenic'; comments due by Oct. 17

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Testing for glyphosate residue at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Atlanta has found up to 1.67 parts per million (ppm) in certain instant oatmeal cereals and up to 121 nanograms per gram (ng/g) in samples of honey. Glyphosate is a widely used and controversial herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. It was… Continue Reading