US: FDA orders closure of Hope Food plant
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the closure of Hope Food Supply, a seafood processor in Texas, and the immediate recall of all products manufactured at the facility since 2007.
The FDA said the smoked seafood producer had been subject to an injunction requiring it to develop and implement an adequate Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for its fish and fishery products. The company, the FDA said, had not carried out the task.
The FDA added that the company would not be allowed to recommence manufacturing until it had implemented an FDA-approved HACCP plan.
"We simply will not allow a company to put the public's health at risk by not implementing adequate procedures and plans to produce safe food," said Margaret Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the FDA. "The FDA will take action against companies and against their executives who violate the law and endanger public health."
The FDA's HACCP regulations require that all seafood processors develop and implement plans that identify all food safety hazards that are likely to occur for each kind of seafood product that they process, and set out preventative measures to control those hazards.
The FDA added that the HACCP violations it had documented at the plant posed a public health hazard because, without adequate controls, Hope Food Supply's seafood products could harbour pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes.
Hope's products are sold nationwide. The FDA is advising consumers who bought smoked seafood products to check with the place of purchase to determine if the products came from Hope Foods.
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