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Atlantic Steamers Supply Company 28-Jun-01


Public Health Service

Food and Drug Administration
Dallas District
3310 Live Oak Street
Dallas, Texas 75204-6191

June 28, 2001
Ref: 2001-DAL-WL-29

Mr. Constantine W. Crassas
Owner and Manager
Atlantic Steamers Supply Company
320 S. 66th Street
Houston, Texas 77011

Dear Mr. Crassas:

During an inspection of your vessel commissary at 320 S. 66th Street, Houston, Texas, on May 25, 2001, our investigator documented deviations from Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 1250. Therefore, the referenced site has been classified as "Provisional." Our investigation revealed significant insanitary conditions, including:

Rodent droppings were observed on shelves where sugar, rice, yellow splits, syrup, baking soda and other food products were stored.

A carton of cream cheese was stored directly on the floor in a walk-in cooler.

A 50-lb. bag of baking soda was stored open in a walk-in cooler.

This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies at your vessel support facility and it is your responsibility to ensure adherence to each requirement of the regulations.

A list of Inspectional Observations (FDA-483) was issued to and discussed with you at the referenced support facility. A copy of the FDA-483 is enclosed for your reference. Please review the observations noted by the investigator and respond in writing to each observation. You should take prompt action to correct these deviations and ensure that future violations do not recur. Failure to correct these critical violations can result in further action by FDA. Your support facility may be placed on a "Not Approved" status, following the current provisional status, if future similar violation occur.

You should notify this office in writing, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of this letter, stating the specific steps you have taken to correct the aforementioned violations. Your reply should be directed to Gwen Gilbreath, Compliance Officer, at the above letterhead address.

Michael A. Chappell
Dallas District Director