America’s food manufacturers should listen up.

When inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show up at your facility, these are among things they do not want to see:

  • A live spider crawling on the product, in this case one of the tuna salad sandwiches.
  • Small flies throughout the processing room.
  • A live, unidentified insect on the wall by a three-compartment washing and sanitizing sink.

St. Petersburg, FL-based CFM, doing business as Your Deli, is a seafood processing facility that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected last July 23-28.   FDA sent
CFM a “Warning Letter” about that inspection on Nov. 27th, and it was made public yesterday.

CFM will have 15 working days to respond to FDA’s concerns.

The food safety agency found “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan and Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations.

FDA says failure of a processor of fish or fish products to have a valid seafood HACCP plan in place means its products are adulterated under federal law.  For CFM, this means its tuna salad sandwiches produced for the Your Deli label are adulterated.

To fix its “serious violations” FDA said CFM must conduct or have conducted a hazard analysis for each kind of fish or fish product it produces; monitor sanitation conditions and exclude “pests from the food plant with sufficient frequency to ensure compliance with current good manufacturing practice…”

One final problem for CFM and its “Your Deli” operation is that its not registered with FDA.  It was ordered to do so, immediately.