Posted on December 4, 2019 by Sustainable Food News

FDA warns organic cereal co-packer over Ga. plant

Agency says California Cereal Products' Macon, Ga., plant not built to keep condensate from dripping onto food contact surfaces

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to a certified-organic cereal co-packer over food products that may be “contaminated with filth…or rendered injurious to health.”

California Cereal Products Inc. (CCPI) operates a 150,000-square-foot facility at its Oakland, Calif., headquarters, which was certified organic by CCOF Certification Services LLC in 2004.

The company also operates a 360,000-square-foot dry cereal manufacturing facility in Macon, Ga., which was inspected by the federal agency in July.

The warning letter to CCPI co-founder and CEO Robert Sterling Savely said during the inspection an FDA investigator noted evidence of live insect activity throughout the manufacturing facility.

The FDA also said the Macon plant “was not constructed in such a manner that drip or condensate from fixtures, ducts and pipes does not contaminate food, food-contact surfaces, or food-packaging materials.”

Read the warning letter here.

 

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