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Saint Paul Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #3364 4/17/14

  

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
April 17, 2014 
VIA UPS
 
Saint Paul Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #3364
Attn: Site Manager
1644 Robert Street South
Saint Paul, MN 55118
 
Re: FDA Warning Letter Regarding Tobacco Retailer Inspection Violations
       Reference Number: 14MN002016
 
Dear Sir or Madam:
 
This Warning Letter is notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advising you that Saint Paul Wal-Mart Supercenter Store #3364 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 February 18, 2014, an inspector representing the FDA completed an inspection of the establishment, located at 1644 Robert Street South, Saint Paul, MN 55118. During this inspection the establishment was in violation because you or your employee sold cigarettes to a minor and failed to check identification to verify purchaser’s age.  
 
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 February 18, 2014, inspection include the following:  

1. A minor was able to buy Newport Box 100s cigarettes on February 18, 2014, at approximately 3:36 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).    

2. No one in the establishment checked the minor’s identification before the sale of Newport Box 100s cigarettes on February 18, 2014, at approximately 3:36 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).
 
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.
 
We will periodically inspect your establishment and review your promotional activities (e.g., website{s}) related to FDA-regulated tobacco products to assess your compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including access, marketing, labeling, and advertising restrictions. 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. Specifically, Guidance for Industry: Compliance with Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents provides additional information on compliance with retailer responsibilities http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/ucm252758.htm.
 
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 14MN002016 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
 
cc: Chad Brown
      Sr. Director Corporate Compliance
      ATF/Licensing/Weights & Measures
      Wal-Mart
      508 SW 8th Street
      Bentonville, AR 72716-0505
 
     James Renfrow
     Sr. Manager Corporate Compliance
     ATF/Licensing/Weights & Measures
     Wal-Mart
     508 SW 8th Street
     Bentonville, AR 72716-0505

 

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