Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations

Sherwood Food Distributors, LLC 11/19/14


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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 Detroit District
300 River Place
Suite 5900
Detroit, Ml 48207
Telephone: 313-393-8100
FAX: 313-393-8139 


November 19, 2014       
VIA UPS                                                  
Mr. Marc A. Siegler
Quality Assurance Director
Sherwood Food Distributors, LLC
12499 Evergreen Road
Detroit, MI 48228
Dear Mr. Siegler:
We inspected Sherwood Food Distributors, LLC locatedat 12499 Evergreen Road, Detroit, MI on October 15-20, 2014. During that inspection, we found you had serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 123 (21 CFR 123). At the conclusion of the inspection, the FDA investigator issued an FDA-483, Inspectional Observations, listing the deviations found at your firm. 
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 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 ready-to-eat pasteurized vacuum packed imitation crab and lobster meat are adulterated, in that they have been prepared, packed, or held under conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health. 
You may find the Act, the seafood HACCP regulation (21 CFR 123), and the 4th Edition of the Fish and Fisheries Products Hazards and Controls Guidance (the Hazards Guide) through links in FDA's home page at The Hazards Guide, which provides our recommendations regarding identification and control of food safety hazards reasonably likely to occur for your fish and fishery products, can be found on our web site at:
Your significant deviations are as follows:
1.    You failed to implement a written HACCP plan to control any food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur, as required in 21 CFR 123.6(b). A food safety hazard is defined in 21 CFR 123.3(f) as "any biological, chemical, or physical property that may cause a food to be unsafe for human consumption." Your company lacks a written HACCP plan to control the hazard of Clostridium Botulinum growth associated with reduced oxygen packaging, such as vacuum packaged imitation crab and lobster meat.  
2.    You failed to maintain sanitation control records that, at a minimum, document monitoring and corrections set out in 21 CFR 123.11(b) to comply with 21 CFR 123.11(c).  
You should respond in writing within 15 working days from your receipt of this letter. Your response should outline the specific steps you are taking to correct these deviations. More specifically, your response should include documentation reflecting the changes you made, such as a copy of your revised HACCP plan or plans, five consecutive days of completed monitoring records to demonstrate implementation of the plan, and any additional information that you wish to supply that provides assurance of your intent to fully comply now and in the future with the applicable laws and regulations. If you cannot complete all corrections within 15 days, you should explain the reason for your delay and state when you will correct any remaining violations.
This letter may not list all the deviations at your facility. You are responsible for ensuring that your processing plant operates in compliance with the Act and all applicable regulations, including the seafood HACCP regulation and the Good Manufacturing Practice regulation (21 CFR 110). You also have a responsibility to use procedures to prevent further violations of the Act and all applicable regulations.
Additionally, Section 743 of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 379j-31) authorizes FDA to assess and collect fees to cover FDA’s costs for certain activities, including re-inspection-related costs. A re-inspection is one or more inspections conducted subsequent to an inspection that identified noncompliance materially related to a food safety requirement of the Act, specifically to determine whether compliance has been achieved. Re-inspection-related costs means all expenses, including administrative expenses, incurred in connection with FDA’s arranging, conducting, and evaluating the results of the re-inspection and assessing and collecting the re-inspection fees [21 U.S.C. § 379j-31(a)(2)(B)]. The inspection noted in this letter identified noncompliance materially related to a food safety requirement of the Act. Accordingly, FDA may assess fees to cover any re-inspection-related costs.
Please send your reply to Food and Drug Administration, Attention: Cicely Vaughn, 300 River Place, Suite 5900, Detroit, MI 48207.  If you have any questions regarding this letter, you may contact Cicely Vaughn via email at
Art O. Czabaniuk
District Director
Detroit District Office

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