Medina’s Inc. Warned for Misbranding and Missing Allergens

The FDA conducted an inspection at Medina’s Baking and Powder Products Inc. from August 31st, 2021 thru September 14th, 2021.  The inspections focused mainly on the liquid flavors and found serious violations at the food manufacturing facility.  The two main violations were around preventative control violations and misbranding, both of which is discussed in the warning letter released.

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Cedar’s Cited for Misbranding

From October 25th,2021 Cedars Mediterranean Foods Inc. a ready-to-eat (RTE) food manufacturing facility was notified by a consignee of a misbranded product. The item in question, Cedar’s Organic Mediterranean Hommus, was labeled with the ingredient declaration for Organic Everything Hommus and a voluntary recall was initiated.  The FDA determined that the recalled product was misbranded within the meaning of section 403(w) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. § 343(w)], in that the finished product labels did not declare a major food allergen–tree nuts (i.e., Pine Nut).

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Dutch Letter Warning Letter

From September 13-15th, 2021 the FDA inspected a ready-to-eat (RTE) food manufacturing facility located in Iowa, called Picket Fence Creamery. The inspection resulted in the FDA issuing of a Warning Letter to the company.  During inspection FDA investigators found that twelve ice creams and three cheese curds were misbranded by having undeclared ingredients, sub-ingredients, allergens, as well as many packaging errors.

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Sassy Cow Gets Warned

From May 22nd – June 4th the FDA inspected a ready-to-eat (RTE) ice cream manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, called Sassy Cow Creamery. The inspection was initiated in response to a recall of mislabeled ice cream and resulted in the FDA issuing of a Warning Letter to the company.  During inspection FDA investigators found numerous severe violations which led them to determine that the products manufactured at the facility were held in unsanitary conditions and were deemed adulterated.

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FDA Not Loving Candy Company

From August 19-26th the FDA inspected a ready-to-eat (RTE) candies and snack food manufacturing facility located in Arizona, called Cerreta Candy Company. The inspection resulted in the FDA issuing of a Warning Letter to the company.  During inspection FDA investigators found numerous severe violations which led them to determine that the products manufactured at the facility were adulterated. There were no labeling violations on this one, but the cGMP violations were numerous.

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Mmm Country “Fresh”

From July 9th– 17th the FDA inspected a fresh cut produce manufacturing facility located in Texas. The inspection resulted in the FDA issuing of a Warning Letter to the company.  There were numerous severe violations.  Although there were not labeling based issues, the violations in regards to cGMPs and PCs were numerous.

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FDA says, “No Me Gusto”

May 7-8, 2019 and June 7, 2019 FDA inspected Tugusto Foods, down in Puerto Rico. We like this Warning Letter because we can see some label violations, but we would be remiss to not at least give the highlights of the serious cGMP and related food safety violations observed. If anyone is looking for either a clear example of how not to operate a food facility, or even perhaps a comprehensive guide to attracting and collecting pests – this read is hard to beat.

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FDA Warns U.S. Dairy Unlimited

From June 24- July 3, 2019 the FDA inspected U.S. Dairy Unlimited, LLC., a ready-to-eat (RTE) cheese manufacturing facility, located in Miami, FL.  The inspection resulted in the FDA issuing of a Warning Letter to the company.  Although there were not labeling based issues at U.S. Dairy Unlimited, the serious cGMP and food safety observations seemed unlimited.

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Finger Lickin’ Not so Good

From July 29, 2019 to August 20, 2019, FDA inspected Dean Foods-owned Friendly’s Manufacturing and Retail in Wilbraham, MA. At this facility, the make ready-to-eat foods including ice cream products, syrups, and fudge. If you currently need a kick start your New Year’s resolution of healthier eating, look no further. This Warning Letter could have you scared of cheat days for months to come.

A few of the observation highlights:

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