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FDA sends warning letters to food producers

June 2, 2014
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FDA sends warning letters to food producersPennsylvania airline food manufacturer Gourmail Inc., doing business as Jyoti Natural Foods, was issued a warning letter in May from FDA for violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practices during a recent inspection.

The letter states the violations caused the foods to be adulterated in the “way that they were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health.”

Specific violations included facility ceilings that were unable to be adequately cleaned, kept in good repair and that do not drip from fixtures on to the food. According to the letter, inspectors at the facility observed water dripping from an exhaust vent into the ready-to-eat airline meal production area. Company officials notified FDA the product which was contaminated by this drip was destroyed, but the FDA says further action is needed.

Other food producers that received warning letters in May included Galil Importing Corp., Eddies Place, Sea Fex, Inc., Empresas Barsan Inc., Maharaha Food Importers Inc., and Louisa Food Products Inc. for HACCP violations that rendered products adulterated.

Letter recipients have 15 days to respond; outlining the corrective actions they will take and include documentation of the steps if necessary.

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