June 6, 2013
Attn: Site Manager
2711 Kecoughtan Road
Hampton, VA 23661
Re: FDA Warning Letter Regarding Tobacco Retailer Inspection Violation
Reference Number: 13VA001301
Dear Sir or Madam:
This Warning Letter is notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising you that M&T Market was observed to be in violation of federal tobacco laws and regulations. Failure to correct these violations may lead to federal enforcement actions, including monetary penalties. Your response is requested in 15 working days.
On May 18, 2013, an inspector representing the FDA completed an inspection of the establishment, located at 2711 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA 23661. During this inspection the establishment was in violation because you or your employee sold cigarettes to a minor.
This inspection revealed that the establishment sells, distributes, advertises, and/or promotes cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and/or smokeless tobacco, which requires that the establishment and its owners comply with federal laws and regulations governing such practices. The violation observed during the May 18, 2013, inspection includes the following:
1. A minor was able to buy Newport Box 100s cigarettes on May 18, 2013, at approximately 12:45 PM in the establishment.
A retailer must NOT sell cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and/or smokeless tobacco to a person younger than 18 years of age. Doing so violates 21 C.F.R.
The listed violation causes your cigarettes to be “misbranded” under 903 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c).
You should immediately correct the violation listed above. Failure to correct the violation may result in FDA taking regulatory action without further notice. These actions may include, but are not limited to, civil money penalty, no-tobacco-sale order, seizure, and/or injunction.