Wednesday 24 January 2018

First Seizure under FSMA – FDA Seizes Food Products at Zillah Warehouse

The first seizure of food under a FDA detention order, which was created under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). occurred earlier this month. U.S. marshals seized the food at the warehouse — the amount is not disclosed — following a warrant of arrest for the produce issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

This is the beginning of increased enforcement under the FDA’s new powers from FSMA. Food producers at ever level should be careful to assess their standing as new components of FSMA roll-out over the next three years.

From the Yakima Hearld:

A Yakima Valley food storage and processing facility became the first in the nation to be subject to a detention order from the Food and Drug Administration after inspectors found rodents, insects and their droppings around food products at the site in September.

The FDA announced Tuesday that U.S. marshals seized the food products at Dominguez Foods of Washington, Inc., in Zillah on Sept. 30 following an earlier FDA inspection “that found evidence of widespread and active rodent and insect infestation in the facility’s warehouse and processing area,” the administration said in a news release.

Investigators found rodent urine and fecal stains on food products, gnawed food containers, a rodent nesting site and a dead rodent in the warehouse, according to the release.


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