Rodents, insects and animal activity in food facility lead to FDA warning


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Florida Gold Foods LLC
kissimmee, florida

A Florida food company was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after rodent, insect, and animal activity was observed throughout its facilities.

In its November 22, 2022 warning letter, FDA describes FDA inspections May 11-31, 2022 of Florida Gold Foods LLC facilities in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FACS). Did. We pack and distribute milled rice products in Kissimmee, Florida.

An FDA inspection found the company had material violations of current good manufacturing practice, hazard analysis, and risk-based preventive controls for human food regulations and issued FDA Form 483 .

Some of the serious violations are:

Current Good Manufacturing Practices

1. The company did not take effective steps to eliminate pests from its packaging and storage areas and prevent contamination of food on its premises with pests. Specifically, rodent, insect, and animal activity was observed throughout the facility, including:

of. Observed rodent activity:

Me.in the building (Edited), the researchers observed obvious rodent excrement pellets (in countless quantities) on top of milled rice bulk totes intended to be reprocessed.About 30 or more (Edited) These rework milled rice bulk totes had an opening or broken area at the top of the bag where the rice was exposed. Investigators observed rodent fecal pellets, apparently in countless numbers, on and within processing equipment within the building. (Edited); along the perimeter wall of the building (Edited) and building (Edited)between pallets of repackaged rice, on loose rice totes, empty cardboard boxes, and boxes with packing materials inside buildings; (Edited) and building (Edited)and bags used as packaging for finished goods manufactured and labeled by a company for use by other companies.

ii. inside a building; (Edited), investigators observed at least five live rodents throughout the processing and storage areas. Of the live rodents, two rodents were observed under reprocessed bulk rice pallets in an area adjacent to the processing unit at the north end of the building. (Edited), and two rodents were observed between the southern edge of the building running around the facility and pallets containing large amounts of rice. Investigators also observed an apparently newborn rodent lying between his 50-pound sacks of jasmine rice at the south end of the building. (Edited).

iii. Investigators observed numerous areas of clearly fluorescent rodent urine stains in the northwest corner of the building. (Edited) The floor next to the reworked white rice pallet and the west side of the building (Edited) Place on pallets containing bulk totes of milled rice that are intended for disposal, and no more than 2 feet from the bulk totes of milled rice to be repackaged or distributed. Obvious stains of fluorescent rodent urine were also observed on the north side of the building. (Edited) Old equipment used for parts, unused cardboard boxes for storing packing materials and miscellaneous goods, packing materials such as bags and rice bags.

b. Observed Insect Activity:

Me.the whole building (Edited) When (Edited)investigators apparently found dead and live insects such as moths, beetles, weevils, spiders (too many to count), inside the product being reprocessed, (Edited) machine, 2 (Edited) machine, (Edited) The machine, and all equipment around both buildings, is used in the milling process or stored for parts. Also, it seems that flies and gnats were flying around inside and outside the building.Additionally, cockroaches were observed in the building (Edited) On and around dirty pots and pans containing food residue in the employee shower room at the south end of the building.

c. Observed animal activity:

Me.in the building (Edited)Investigators observed no less than four live cats at the north end of the building, and apparently cat feces and urine throughout the warehouse.

ii. inside a building; (Edited)investigators observed one rodent carcass near packaging equipment on the east side of the building.

iii. Investigators observed a cat running away from a building (Edited) with a rodent in its mouth.

d. sample

The FDA analyzed soil samples collected from various locations within the company’s warehouse facility during inspections and samples of 2-pound bags of Florida Gold Brand rice. These samples were submitted to the FDA lab for analysis. Florida Gold brand 2-pound rice bag results show that this product kills various species of insects in larval, pupa, and adult stages, including multi-stage dead beetles, serrated grain beetles, and red flour beetles. indicates that it was mixed with In addition, samples collected from within their facility have been identified as rodent fecal pellets of sizes relevant to rats, internal cat/dog hair, rat/mouse hair, and songbird feathers. Insects including, but not limited to, single-winged, multi-beetles (adults and larvae), and flies and moths. The stool samples further indicated the presence of rodent and insect activity throughout the facility through the presence of rodent hairs and pellet morphology, and confirmation of various species of insects at larval, pupa and adult stages. I’m here.

2. The company did not maintain its factory in a clean and sanitary condition and did not properly repair the factory to prevent the food from becoming adulterated. The unsanitary conditions around the facility indicated poor hygiene and housekeeping practices as the facility provided a food source and pest hideout area for rodents and other pests. In addition, some parts of the facility were poorly maintained, potentially allowing pests to enter or hide within the facility.

of.in the building (Edited) Investigators observed the following:

Me. Dirt, debris, and pests were on and in the rice milling equipment located on the premises. (Edited) of the building.

ii. Many of the rice milling facilities had peeling tape or peeling paint on food contact surfaces.

iii. There were numerous holes and gaps in the inner wall, including approximate holes (Edited) On the wall near the packaging facility on the east side of the building.

iv.There was a hole leading to the outside of the facility, and there was about 1 hole (Edited) The top of the vent pipe in the processing equipment area in the northwest corner of the building.

v. (Edited) The door closest to the southwest corner of the building had a gap of approximately (Edited) inches high along the bottom of the door.

b. Inside a building (Edited) Investigators observed the following:

Me. Dirt, debris, and vermin were on and in non-functioning equipment throughout the building that was stored for use in parts.

ii. Along with the recent shipment of white rice, there was a bag of rice with live and dead bugs that I intended to throw away.

iii. Thousands of plastic screw-top containers destined for disposal were stored with a recent shipment of white rice. We observed obvious rodent excrement pellets (too numerous to count as noted above) and other debris on and around the pallet of plastic containers.

iv. Other miscellaneous items (e.g. shoes, pots and pans, cigarette butts, washing machines, personal items such as detergent) were scattered throughout the building.

v. The bay door closest to the southeast corner of the building had a gap of approximately one meter. (Edited) inches high along the bottom of the door.

vi. Two open pipes came out of the floor. (Edited) of a building surrounded by insects and obvious rodent excrement pellets.there were two holes (Edited) on the inner wall (Edited) Open pipe leg. Insulation was sticking out of his one of the holes in the wall.

c. Outdoor areas around and between buildings (Edited) When (Edited)numerous pallets, piles of empty rice totes, piles of plastic screw-top containers, bins overflowing with trash, unused rice milling and packaging equipment, and a host of other miscellaneous items (all countless). This inadequate maintenance attracts pests and presents a potential hideout.

You can read the full text of the warning here.

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