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Star Food Products, Inc 4/13/11

  

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Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 

Florida District
555 Winderley Place, Suite 200
Maitland, Florida 32751
Telephone: 407-475-4700
FAX: 407-475-4770

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

WARNING LETTER

FLA-11-24

April 13, 2011

Diego A. Poggio
President
Star Food Products Inc.
2853 Executive Park Drive, Suite 105
Weston, FL 33331

Dear Mr. Poggio:

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected your seafood importer establishment located at 2853 Executive Park Drive, Suite 105, Weston, FL 33331. The inspection revealed 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 123). The specific requirements for imported fish or 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 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 123, your Scombrotoxin forming fish (i.e. tuna) are adulterated under Section 402(a)(4) of the Act (21 U.S.C  § 342(a)(4)), 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 the FDA’s homepage at www.fda.gov.

Your significant violation was as follows:

>You must implement an affirmative step which ensures that the fish and fishery products you import are processed in accordance with the seafood HACCP regulation, to comply with 21 CFR 123.12(a)(2)(ii). However, your firm did not perform an affirmative step for tuna manufactured by (b)(4).

We may take further action if you do not promptly correct this violation.  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, our inspection found that your firm had not established product specifications or any written verification procedures for any of the fish and fishery products your firm imports. You should respond in writing within fifteen working days from your receipt of this letter. Your response should outline the specific things you are doing to correct this violation. You should include in your response documentation, such as HACCP and importer verification records and records that document the performance of 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, Attention: Andrea H. Norwood, Compliance Officer, 555 Winderley Place, Suite 200, Maitland, Florida, 32751.  If you have any questions regarding any issue in this letter, please contact Ms. Norwood at (407) 475-4724.  We look forward to working with you to achieve a successful HACCP program.

Sincerely,

 

Emma R. Singleton
Director, Florida District