Warning letters sent to food firms in Nicaragua, Pakistan and Iceland for seafood violations

Updated Oct 3, 2022
As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.
Vlazar Costa Caribe S.A.Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua An exporting food firm in Nicaragua is on notice from the U.S. FDA for serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. In an Aug. 15, 2022, warning letter the FDA described an April 26-29, 2022, Foreign Remote Regulatory Assessment (FRRA) of Vlazar Costa Caribe S.A.’s seafood processing facility in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua. The FDA’s inspection revealed serious violations, including failure as a processor of fish or fishery products to have and implement a HACCP plan that complies with FDA requirements. Some of the significant violations are as follows: The firm must conduct a hazard analysis to determine whether there are food safety hazards that are reasonably likely to occur and have a HACCP plan that, at a minimum, lists the critical control points.. A critical control point is defined as a “point, step, or procedure in a food process at which control can be applied and a food ...
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