The FDA cited Vanlaw Food Products Inc. after three recalls over the course of 2022. This warning letter highlights the labeling violations and the implications of those violations. Far too often we see misbranding issues when it comes to allergen labeling, this can be problematic for companies not only from a logistical standpoint but from consumer trust as well. Let’s dive into the warning letter!
From July 8-11, 2019, the FDA performed an inspection at California Cereal Products’ dry cereal manufacturing facility in Macon, GA. The inspection resulted in the Agency issuing a Warning Letter to the company. Although there were no label compliance issues to highlight from this one, the serious cGMP violations were almost TNTC (too numerous to count).
Four major observations of violations made it into the Warning Letter:
We live in a constantly evolving world and today more than ever customers are combing through labels and scrutinizing the foods they are consuming. Companies are now listening with ears wide open to what the concerns are. In the food industry over the past few years there has been two driving forces behind changes in the industry, one is the consumers movement for “clean labels” and the other is the over 20 years in the making labeling reform. Both changes underline the same key concept, transparency. One of the important aspects of transparency is it simply builds trust and gives the food industry more motive than ever to meet consumer demand.
In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was enacted into law, much of which created statutes to improve not only the capacity to detect but also the capacity to prevent food safety hazards. As 2017 marks the first year of full compliance food manufactures to importers are all impacted by its’ goal of preventing the contamination of all food products. Several additions to the law will focus on food suppliers having both backward and forward traceability.