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FDA Warning Letters to Nine Food Producers Over Pesticides, Adulterated Ingredients, Unsanitary Conditions

Apr 22, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published nine warning letters that were sent to food growers, producers, and dietary supplement manufacturers for violations of food safety laws, including contaminated or adulterated ingredients and unsanitary conditions.

The recipients include two dairies, a vegetable farm, an orchard, a bakery, a sunflower-seed processing plant, a seafood facility, and two dietary supplement manufacturers, Food Safety News reports. The two dairies – one in Ohio, one in Florida – received the letters because cows sold for slaughter contained unacceptable levels of drug residues in their tissues. Parsnips from a Minnesota farm contained the pesticide Linuron at levels exceeding the tolerance level established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cider samples from an Iowa orchard tested positive for patulin, a mycotoxin produced by certain molds that may grow on apples. Patulin exposure may pose a health hazard.

The FDA found “serious violations” of safe manufacturing practices in a bakery in Delaware, including “visible filth”, packing boxes for products stacked directly on the floor, and improper storage of toxic cleaning compounds, according to Food Safety News. The sunflower-seed processor was cited for unsanitary conditions, and a Chilean seafood facility’s frozen crabmeat was deemed adulterated because the company did not provide the FDA with an adequate safety plan. A dietary supplement maker in Florida was cited for Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) violations and one in New York for using a new dietary ingredient in products that has been deemed adulterated.

In all cases, the FDA requested that the business provide a written response describing the steps taken both to correct violations and to prevent their recurrence, Food Safety News reports.

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