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Boaz Foodland 8/8/13

  

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

Public Health Service
Food and Drug Administration
 
Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corporate Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3229 

 

WARNING LETTER
August 8, 2013 
VIA UPS
 
Boaz Foodland
Attn: Site Manager
9464 AL Highway 168
Boaz, AL 35957
 
Re: FDA Warning Letter Regarding Tobacco Retailer Inspection Violations
       Reference Number: 13AL001530AB
 
Dear Sir or Madam:
 
This Warning Letter is notification from the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), advising you that Boaz Foodland was observed to be in violation of federal tobacco laws and regulations. Violations of 21 C.F.R 1140 were observed during an inspection that occurred on January 30, 2012, and during a two-part inspection that occurred on April 15 and 17, 2013. Please be advised that additional violations observed during any subsequent inspection may lead to a civil money penalty (CMP), according to the schedule provided later in this document, and/or a No-Tobacco-Sale Order. Your response is requested in 15 working days.
 
On April 15 and 17, 2013, an inspector representing the FDA completed a two-part inspection of the establishment, located at 9464 AL Highway 168, Boaz, AL 35957. 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 April 15 and 17, 2013, two-part inspection includes the following:
 

1. A minor was able to buy Newport Box cigarettes on April 15, 2013, at approximately 5:36 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.  § 1140.14(a).
 
Previously, on March 22, 2012, CTP issued a Warning Letter to Boaz Foodland for violations observed on January 30, 2012. During this inspection the establishment was in violation because it had self-service displays of cigarette tobacco and smokeless tobacco in a facility not restricted to adults at all times. You are receiving another Warning Letter because the violation observed during your most recent inspection occurred outside the statutory period for FDA to seek a CMP at this time. Please be advised that additional violations observed during any subsequent inspection may lead to a CMP, according to the schedule provided later in this document, and/or a No-Tobacco-Sale Order.
 
The listed violation causes your cigarettes to be “misbranded” under section 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.
 
The violation indicated in this letter may not be a complete list of violations at the establishment. The establishment must comply with all the applicable laws and regulations. For more information on these requirements, helpful resources for retailers, a database of inspections, and free Break the Chain of Tobacco Addiction materials, visit our website at http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts.  
 
You have 15 working days from the date you receive this letter to respond. In your response, explain your plan for correcting the listed violation and preventing future violations. Include a telephone number and address. Note your reference number of 13AL001530AB in your response and mail it to:
 
SP-WL Response
FDA Center for Tobacco Products
9200 Corporate Boulevard
c/o Document Control Center
Rockville, Maryland 20850


 

The CMP schedule is as follows:
 

Number of Violations
Civil Money Penalty
First
$0.00 w/ warning letter
Second within a 12 month period
$250
Third within a 24 month period
$500
Fourth within a 24 month period
$2,000
Fifth within a 36 month period
$5,000
Sixth within a 48 month period
$10,000

 
See 21 C.F.R. § 17.2; Guidance for FDA and Tobacco Retailers, Civil Money Penalties and No-Tobacco-Sale Orders for Tobacco Retailers, March 2011 (available at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/UCM252955.pdf).
 
If you have any questions, contact Carisa Bergen at (301) 796-2990 or via email at Carisa.Bergen@fda.hhs.gov. Have your reference number ready when you call and include it with any email communications.
 
 
Sincerely,
 /s/ 
Ann Simoneau, J.D.
Director
Office of Compliance and Enforcement
Center for Tobacco Products
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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