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Hard boiled egg, seafood processors warned by FDA7/1/2021

The Food and Drug Administration recently sent warning letters to a hard boiled egg processor in Gainesville, GA, and a seafood processor in Clare, Ireland, because inspectors found significant violations of U.S. food safety laws at their operations.To get more news about Egg cleaning machine, you can visit dinneregg official website.

Businesses have 15 days to respond in writing to the FDA after receiving a warning letter. If they don’t correct the violations, the FDA can take action up to and including shutting down operations.Almark Foods Inc.’s hard boiled egg processing facility in Gainesville, GA, was inspected by the FDA from Feb. 5 through 13, and the results determined that the firm’s food products are adulterated in that they were prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health. Specifically, lab tests showed the plant was harboring the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, and the FDA noted significant violations of the CGMP & PC Rule.

“L. monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacterium that is widespread in the environment and may be introduced into a food processing facility from raw materials, humans, or equipment. Without proper controls, it can proliferate in food processing facilities where it may contaminate food.

”Therefore, it is essential to identify the areas of the food processing plant where this organism can grow and survive and take such corrective actions as necessary to eradicate the organism. Consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes can lead to severe, sometimes life-threatening illness called listeriosis, a foodborne illness, which is a major public health concern due to the severity of the disease, its high case-fatality rate, its long incubation time, and its tendency to affect individuals with underlying conditions,” the FDA warned.According to the warning letter, Whole Genome Sequencing analysis of an environmental sample collected on Feb. 6, confirmed that two environmental swabs were positive for L. monocytogenes.

“One environmental swab was collected from a peeling room floor drain,” and, “One environmental swab was collected from the egg counter entrance and stainless-steel area at the end of the conveyor belt,” which is a food contact surface.

FDA officials encouraged the firm to review FDA’s draft guidance for industry entitled, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods” for assistance in developing a Listeria control plan to help the firm comply with the CGMP and PCHF requirements.

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