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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Pal Do World 03-Dec-01


Food and Drug Administration
Seattle District
Pacific Region
22201 23rd Drive SE
Bothell, WA 98021-4421
Telephone: 425-486-8788
FAX: 425-483-4996

December 3, 2001
In reply refer to Warning Letter SEA 02-12

Mr. Byung Park, Owner
Pal Do World
8730 Southt Tacoma Way
Tacoma, Washington 98499

Dear Mr. Park:

On October 30, 2001, Investigator Mark E. Moen conducted an inspection of your firm. The inspection was conducted to determine your firm?s compliance with FDA?s seafood processing regulations [21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 123]. The seafood processing regulations, which became effective on December 18, 1997, require that you have and implement written verification procedures to verify that your foreign suppliers have implemented a preventive system of food safety controls known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) in accordance with U.S. requirements.

The products covered during this inspection were frozen fish cakes from [redacted], and frozen round, yellow croaker [redacted] form At the conclusion of that inspection a list of violations (Form FDA 483) was presented to Mr. Seung Y. Lee, Systems Manager. These HACCP violations cause your imported products to be adulterated within the meaning of 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Specifically,

You must have product specifications that are designed to ensure that the fish and fishery products you import are not injurious to health in order to comply with 21 CFR 123.12(a)(2)(i). However, your firm does not have product specifications for frozen fish cakes and frozen round, yellow croaker from Korea.

The above HACCP violations are not meant to be an all-inclusive list of deficiencies at your firm. It is your responsibility to assure that all of your products are in compliance with applicable statutes enforced by the FDA. You should take prompt action to correct all of the HACCP violations. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in regulatory action without further notice such as seizure and/or injunction. Furthermore, your firm and the foreign processor may be placed on import alert and future shipments of the product may be subject to detention without physical exam.

You should notify this office in writing, within 15 working days of the receipt of this letter, of the specific steps you have taken to correct the noted violations. If corrective action cannot be completed within 15 working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the corrections will be completed. Your reply to these concerns should be addressed to Thomas S. Piekarski, Compliance Officer, at the address given above.

Charles M. Breen
District Director