Since arriving on Madison’s University Avenue 38 years ago and
becoming a staple for many University of Wisconsin students, Bagels
Forever has expanded throughout the upper Midwest. Now Wisconsin’s New
York-style bagel maker — still using its original bakery on University
Avenue — has received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
said the bagel bakery favored by generations of UW Badgers was only
scraping or brushing off food contact surfaces at the end of each
production day. FDA said the food contract surfaces were not being
cleaned during production.
In an inspection
visit to the Bagels Forever bakery last April, FDA also said it found
that the processing facility makes 26 different varieties of bagels on
one manufacturing line without cleaning equipment between bagel
varieties that contain different ingredients
there was crusted dough, dough residue, and chunks or dough on the
separators, bagel formers, and mixers, which were not cleaned between
the manufacturing of different bagel varieties,” FDA wrote in the July
22 warning letter to the Madison baker.
procedures for cleaning equipment and then sequencing production at
Bagels Forever are not adequate, according to FDA. They pose a risk of
contaminating subsequent products, a particular concern when allergenic
ingredients are used in preceding products and not subsequent ones.
Some Bagels Forever products are also “misbranded” within the meaning of the law, the FDA warning letter said.
“Bluebarry” bagel label uses the terms “All Natural” and “No
Preservatives” in a false and misleading way because the bagel includes
infused wild dry blueberries that contain the chemical preservative
potassium sorbate .
Also, Bagels Forever
“Bluebarry” and 1st National Bagel Company “Bluebarry” are fabricated
from two or more ingredients that are not properly listed on labels.
And the 1st National brand product does not properly list the name and
location of the manufacturer.
FDA also said
Bagels Forever uses sun-dried tomatoes and caramel color, ingredients
that contain sulfites, but sulfites are not listed on labels for Tomato
Basil and Pumpernickel bagels.