FDA Warning Letters: Dairies, Beef Producers, Juice Makers, Seafood Processors




A relatively large number of food producers received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since Food Safety News‘ last update.

On the list are six dairies and a number of beef producers, juice makers and seafood processors.

Most of the dairies were cited for illegal drug residues. Hillcrest Dairy in PA sold a cow for slaughter that tested for excessive levels of a certain medication. FDA also told the dairy that it held animals in such inadequate conditions that meat from excessively medicated animals could make it to market.

O’Dell Farms in NY had a similar problem, with FDA finding excessive levels of a drug in tissue samples from a cow from that dairy. They received a similar notice about inadequate conditions.

Another NY dairy, Fessenden Dairy, had excessive drug levels in a sample, as did Joseph Oberholtzer in PA, another dairy. Dean and Jean Mikalunas Farm in NY was cited for improper use of animal medication. And, finally, Faihopity Farms in PA was also cited for excessive drug levels in tissue samples.

WI-based beef producer Dennis Lopnow was cited by FDA for administering a drug to a veal calf that is not approved for veal calves. Vernon Zimmerman in PA received a similar warning, and NY-based cattle producer Imer Barton received a warning for excessive levels of penicillin in a tissue sample.

OH-based juice producer Garden of Flavor was found to have “serious violations” in its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, according to FDA.

Goodlife Juices in PA was cited for making therapeutic claims about its juice products on the company’s website, rendering the products “unapproved drugs” as well as misbranded food, FDA stated.

PA food storage facility Iberia Foods was cited for failing to adequately prevent contamination from pests, particularly rodents and birds.

Two seafood producers, Wang Globalnet and Taiyo Seafood, were cited by FDA for serious violations to their HACCP plan.



In each warning letter, FDA requested that the companies provide written responses detailing steps taken to comply with food safety laws and regulations, to correct violations cited in the letters, and to prevent their recurrence.

Recipients of these warning letters have 15 working days from receipt to outline specific steps they have taken to come into compliance with the law.


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