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Aquaharvest Seafood, LLC 27-Apr-06

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Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration

 

555 Winderley PI., Ste. 200
Maitland, FL 32751



CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

WARNING LETTER

FLA-06-22

April 27, 2006

Hector D. Socorro, President
c/o Luis E. Vera, Executive Director/Vice President
Aquaharvest Seafood, LLC
9600 NW 25th Street Suite 5E
Doral, FL 33172-1416

Dear Mr. Socorro:

We inspected your seafood importer establishment, located at 9600 NW 25th Street, Suite 5E, Doral, FL 33172 on January 31 and February 1, 2006. We found that you have serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 123 (21 CFR Part 123). The specific requirements for imported fish and fishery products are set out in 21 CFR 123.12 . As an importer of fish or fishery products, you must operate in accordance with the requirements of Part 123. In accordance with 21 CFR 123.12(d), there must be evidence that all fish and fishery products offered for entry into the United States have been processed under conditions that comply with 21 CFR Part 123. If assurances do not exist that the imported fish or fishery product has been processed under conditions that are equivalent to those required of domestic processors under 21 CFR Part 123, the fish or fishery products will appear to be adulterated under Section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4) and will be denied entry. Because our inspection identified serious violations for 21 CFR Part 123, your canned pasteurized crabmeat is adulterated under Section 402(a)(4)of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4)), in that it has been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health. You may find the Act, the seafood HACCP regulation and the Fish and Fisheries Products Hazards & Controls Guidance through links in FDA's home page at www.fda.gov.

Your significant violation is as follows:

1. You must implement an affirmative step which ensures that the fish and fishery product(s) you import are processed in accordance with the seafood HACCP regulation, to comply with 21 CFR 123 .12(a)(2)(ii). However, your firm performed affirmative steps for canned pasteurized crabmeat manufactured by [redacted] and canned pasteurized crabmeat manufactured by [redacted] that are not adequate. Specifically, your firm failed to maintain adequate written guarantees for either firm. Also the HACCP plan from [redacted] was not maintained in English.

We may take further action if you do not promptly correct these violations. For instance, we may take further action to refuse admission of your imported fish or fishery products under Section 801(a) of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 381(a)), including placing them on "detention without physical examination," seize your product(s) and/or enjoin your firm from further violating the Act.

In addition, your firm has not developed product specifications for the canned pasteurized crabmeat from foreign suppliers including [redacted] and [redacted]. We also noted that the provided HACCP plan for canned pasteurized crabmeat from [redacted] is dated February 1, 2004 and does not meet the annual reassessment requirement.

You should respond in writing within fifteen (15) working days from your receipt of this letter. Your response should outline the specific things you are doing to correct all these violations. You should include in your response documentation, such as HACCP and importer verification records and records that document the performance and results of your firm's affirmative steps, or other useful information that would assist us in evaluating your corrections. If you cannot complete all corrections before you respond, you should explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining violations.

This letter may not list all the violations at your facility. You are responsible for ensuring that your seafood importer establishment operates in compliance with the Act and the seafood HACCP regulation (21 CFR Part 123). You also have a responsibility to use procedures to prevent further violations of the Act and all applicable regulations for the fish or fishery products that you import into the United States.

Please send your reply to the Food and Drug Administration, 555 Winderley Place, Suite 200, Maitland, Florida 32751, Attention: Shari H. Shambaugh. If you have questions regarding any issues in this letter, please contact Ms. Shambaugh at 407-475-4730.

Sincerely,

/S/

Emma R. Singleton
Director, Florida District