Food standard violations at 874 facilities around the country in FY 2018 fell into one of five categories, according to a company that helps other businesses with FDA compliance. Registrar Corp. says the latest round of “Inspection Observation Data” from FDA shows a variety of food safety issues.

But first, Registrar had to separate the wheat from the chaff by sifting out information about food from other FDA-regulated categories that include biologics, drugs, devices, human tissue for transplantation, veterinary medicine, and others.

All this data on aggravating violations documented in FDA inspections from October 2017 through September 2018 was recently
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A majority of the food facilities required to register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are now located outside of the United States. Registrar Corp., based in Hampton, VA, says a response it received from FDA under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shows 207,655 food facilities were registered as of Jan. 1, 2016.  More than half — 120,822 — are outside of the United Sates. USA_cutout_GRAPHIC_406x250All food facilities that manufacturer, process, pack or store food, beverages or dietary supplements for consumption in the U.S. are required to register with FDA.  The new data shows 86,773 of them,
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Birds are a beautiful thing of nature and should be respected and admired. However, they do not belong inside foodservice operations or any other food facilities. Their search for food and a comfortable harborage area, especially now during the colder months, encourages birds to seek entry to the great indoors. The possibility of contamination from such incursions is why health officials deem them “critical” food safety violations. birds-and-poop Birds can be the source of many pathogenic microorganisms, including Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. The potential transfer of fecal matter is the problem, whether it is directly on/in food products, equipment
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