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Carioto Produce Inc 2/18/11

  

Department of Health and Human Services' logoDepartment of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 

New York District 
158-15 Liberty Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11433
 

February 18, 2011

 

WARNING LETTER NYK-2011-16


VIA U.P.S.

Mr. Anthony S. Carioto, President
Carioto Produce, Inc.
80 Cohoes Avenue
Green Island, New York 12183

Dear Mr. Carioto:

We inspected your seafood processing facility, located at 80 Cohoes Avenue, Green Island, New York on November 1-3, 2010. 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, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 110 (21 CFR 123 & 110). In accordance with 21 CFR 123.6(g), failure of a processor of fish or fishery products to have and implement a HACCP plan that complies with this section or otherwise operate in accordance with the requirements of Part 123, renders the fish or fishery products adulterated within the meaning of Section 402(a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), 21 U.S.C. § 342(a)(4). Accordingly, your refrigerated ready-to eat (RTE) canned pasteurized crabmeat and refrigerated tuna loins are adulterated, in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they 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 violations were as follows:

1. You must conduct or have conducted for you a hazard analysis for each kind of fish and fishery product that you produce to determine whether there are food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur and you must have and implement a written HACCP plan to control any food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur, to comply with 21 CFR 123.6(a) and (b).  However, your firm does not have a HACCP plan for ready-to-eat (RTE) canned pasteurized crabmeat to control the food safety hazards of pathogen growth and toxin formation, including Clostridium botulinum growth and toxin formation.

2. You must conduct a hazard analysis to determine whether there are food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur and have a HACCP plan that, at a minimum, lists the critical control points, to comply with 21 CFR 123.6 (a) and (c) (2).  A critical control point is defined in 21 CFR  123.3(b) as a "point, step, or procedure in a food process at which control can be applied and a food safety hazard can as a result be prevented, eliminated, or reduced to acceptable levels."  However, your firm’s HACCP plan for histamine forming species does not list the critical control point(s) of receiving and refrigerated storage for controlling the food safety hazard of histamine formation.

We may take further action if you do not promptly correct these violations. For instance, we may take further action to seize your product(s) and/or enjoin your firm from operating.

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 these violations. You should include in your response documentation such as HACCP and verification records, 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 processing plant operates in compliance with the Act, the seafood HACCP regulation (21 CFR Part 123) and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation (21 CFR Part 110). You also have a responsibility to use procedures to prevent further violations of the Act and all applicable regulations.

Please send your written reply to the Food and Drug Administration, Attention:  Lillian C. Aveta, Compliance Officer, 158-15 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433.  If you have any questions regarding this letter, please contact Ms. Aveta at 718-662-5576.

Sincerely,

/s/

Ronald M. Pace
District Director
New York District


Enclosure:  Form FDA 483 dated November 3, 2010