The raw milk Feta cheese manufacturing facility known as the Osage Lane Creamery, LTD was subjected to an inspection last spring by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In inspections on May 21 and 22, 2015 and June 16, 2015 and in a follow-up on July 16-19, 2015, FDA found reoccurring presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility located at 168 Refugee Rd. SW in Pataskala, Ohio. Out of concern for the Listeria contamination and “observed serious violations” of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP), FDA on Dec. 3, 2015 follow up by sending Osage Lane Creamery a formal warning letter because the agency was not satisfied with the company’s response to its inspection findings. 406x250FDA-WARNING“Appropriate control of L. monocytogenes in a food processing environment requires expert knowledge of the unique characteristics of the organism,” wrote Steven B. Barber, FDA’s Cincinnati District director. “It is essential to identify the areas of the food processing plant where this organism is able to grow and survive and to take such corrective actions as necessary to eradicate the organism by rendering these areas unable to support the growth and survival of the organism.” The warning letter also cites concerns about handling the goat milk and insanitary conditions, including the presence of spiders on walls and processing floor and dirt buildup in the room used for cheese processing. Brookshire Brother Inc. in Lufkin, TX was the target of a Dec. 8, 2015 warning letter over violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations. Numerous violations are outlined in the letter, including failure to conduct a hazard analysis for each kind of fish or fish product that it offers for sale. As a result, its HACCP plan is inadequate and its corrective action plan for ready-to-eat Tuna Salad falls short for controlling bacteria and toxin formation growth. The agency also has concerns about the company’s temperature logs and lack of on-going verification activities. FDA found similar problems at the Alligator Bay Marina in the Bahamas, which was subject to a Dec. 10, 2015 warning letter. It was cited for failure to “have or implement a HACCP” plan The company produces Fresh Stone Crab Claws. The Sunrise Noodle Corporation was warned on Dec. 11, 2015 about violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices where FDA believes food is being prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions. Located in Chesapeake, VA, FDA’s Sept. 22-25, 2015 inspection found “excreta pellets (REPs) to number stop count were observed in your cutting room.” Inspectors found a 3 to 4 inch hole in the storage warehouse.  The inspectors also found utensils and equipment that were not cleaned and covered with everything from mildew to grease, oil, and dirt. They also said buildings were not maintained and there was a build up of litter and waste. A company known as Harmless Harvest Thailand, located in Thailand, which produces raw coconut water products, received a warning letter dated Nov. 13,2015.  FDA said based on review of documents provided by the company, it’s products offered for entry to the Untied States do not comply with juice HACCP regulations. Harmless Harvest needs to complete an HACCP with control measures and implement sanitation standard operating procedure (SSOP) for processing.  FDA said the company needs to validate a critical limit to control microorganisms, like botulism.