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Corporate Aircraft Inc. 24-Aug-01


Public Health Service

Food and Drug Administration
San Francisco District
1431 Harbor Bay Parkway
Alameda, CA 94502-7070
Telephone: 510-337-6700

Our Reference: 2956488
August 24, 2001

Charles Wilson, President
Corporate Aircraft Inc.
4885 E. Shields Avenue
Fresno, CA 93726

Dear Mr. Wilson:

On August 8, 2001, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of your airline service facility at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, California. Your operations at this site are in violation of the federal regulations for interstate conveyance service area sanitation which are established in Title21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1250 (21 CFR 1250), wider authority granted in Section 361of the Public Health Service Act.

The lack of adequate sanitary practices and conditions was demonstrated by the following deficiencies:


  • Catered foods are from unapproved sources, namely, [redacted]
  • Catered foods are stored m the employees? refrigerator.
  • Plastic ice scoop is stored in direct contact with the ice.

Aircraft Waste Service:

  • The sanitary sewer used for dumping aircraft waste is not enclosed. Water is not available for employees to wash their hands and to rinse the lavatory service cart. The floor is not sloped to drain.
  • There is no backflow prevention device attached to the hose of the potable water line. The end of the hose is stored directly on the ground while not in use.

The insanitary conditions and practices in the commissary are likely to result in adulteration of foods within the meaning of Sections 402(a)(3) and 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act). Adulteration of food while held for sale after shipment in interstate commerce is prohibited by Section 30 l(k) of the Act. The delivery or causing the delivery of adulterated foods into interstate commerce is prohibited by Section 301(a) of the Act.

The insanitary conditions and practices in the waste service area may cause the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from one state into another state.

The findings were discussed with Mr. Bryan S. Holladay, Facilities Operations Manager. Form FDA 483, Inspectional Observations, was issued to Mr. Holladay and a copy is attached for your ready reference.

Based on the findings of our inspection, your facility has been assessed a "Provisional" classification. A "Provisional" classification means that if the deficiencies are not corrected within thirty (30) working days from receipt of this notification, your facility will be placed on-"Not Approved" status. A "Not Approved" status means that food and waste service will be prohibited from use by interstate conveyances at your facility.

Failure to take prompt corrective action may result in appropriate regulatory action, such as injunction without further notice. You should notify this office within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of this letter of the specific steps you have taken to correct the violations, including an explanation of preventive measures taken to preclude recurrence of similar violations. If corrective action cannot be completed within fifteen (15) working days, cite the reason for the delay and the time by which the corrections will be completed. Please direct your response to:

Randall P, Zielinski, CSO/ITS

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

1431 Harbor Bay Parkway

Alameda, CA 94502-7070

You may wish to FAX your response to Mr. Zielinski at (510) 337-6705.

District Director

San Francisco District


Form FDA 483