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Trans World Airlines 05-Sep-01


New York District
Food & Drug Administration
158-15 Liberty Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11433

September 5,2001
REF: NYK-2001-124

Mr. William Compton
Chief Executive Officer
Trans World Airlines
515 North 6th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101

Dear Mr. Compton:

During an August 14, 2001 inspection of the TWA airline watering point and lavatory services at JFK International Airport, Jamaica, New York, our investigator observed violations of the Public Health Service Act and implementing regulations for the Control of Communicable Diseases and Interstate Conveyance Sanitation (Title 21, Cod e of Federal Regulations, Parts 1240 and 1250).

At the conclusion of the inspection, our investigator presented to Kim Ng, Building Maintenance Manager, lists of Inspectional Observations, Forms FDA 483, and Form FDA 2528, Inspection Summary, Airline Service Area or Watering Point Sanitation. The findings were discussed with him.

The following deviation was found relating to the watering point:

1. There is no backflow prevention device in the water piping system for potable water cabinets at gates 21 and 27. (Item # 2 on Form FDA 2528).

The above violation is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies which may exist. As a result of this inspection, a "Provisional" classification has been assigned to the watering point for a period of thirty (30) days at which time a reinspection will be conducted. If significant improvement has not been made at that time, a "Not Approved" classification will be justified.

Although the lavatory services have been classified acceptable, correction of the related inspectional observations should be completed promptly. You should take prompt action to correct this violation. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements of the Public Health Service Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder are being met. You should notify this office in writing within fifteen(15) working days of the receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken to correct the noted violation.

Your reply should be sent to Laurence D. Daurio, Compliance Officer, at the above address. Mr. Dauno can be reached at (718) 340-7000, ext. 5585.

Robert L. Hart
Acting District Director