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Sitar Mini Market 11/21/13

  

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
November 21 2013
 
VIA UPS
 
Sitar Mini Market
Attn: Site Manager
258 Wood Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605‎                                                        
 
Re: FDA Warning Letter Regarding Tobacco Retailer Inspection Violations
       Reference Number: 13CT002887
 
Dear Sir or Madam:
 
This Warning Letter is notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising you that Sitar Mini 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 October 1, 2013, an inspector representing the FDA completed an inspection of the establishment, located at 258 Wood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605. During this inspection the establishment was in violation because you or your employee sold two individual cigarettes to a minor and failed to check identification to verify purchaser’s age, and because the establishment offered individual cigarettes for sale.
 
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 violations observed during the October 1, 2013, inspection include the following: 

1.  A minor was able to buy two individual Newport cigarettes on October 1, 2013, at approximately 4:16 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).
    

2.  No one in the establishment checked the minor’s identification before the sale of two individual Newport cigarettes on October 1, 2013, at approximately 4:16 PM. 

A retailer MUST check a photographic identification that includes a date of birth for any person under the age of 27 who attempts to purchase cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, and/or smokeless tobacco. Failure to do so violates 21 C.F.R. § 1140.14(b)(1).
 

3.  The establishment offered for sale individual cigarettes. Specifically, on October 1, 2013, an employee sold two individual Newport cigarettes to the minor. 

A retailer must NOT sell individual cigarettes. Doing so violates 21 C.F.R. § 1140.14(d).
 
The listed violations cause your cigarettes to be “misbranded” under 903 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. § 387c).
 
You should immediately correct the violations listed above. Failure to correct the violations 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 violations 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 violations and preventing future violations. Include a telephone number and address. Note your reference number of 13CT002887 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
 
If you have any questions, contact Steven Singhaus at (301) 796-6829 or via email at Steven.Singhaus@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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