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FDA Discovers Serious Health Violations in Whole Foods Facility

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Amanda Tejuca1 year ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cited Whole Foods on several violations observed during an inspection.

About the Whole Foods' Manufacturing Violations

The FDA has recently uncovered and addressed a series of serious violations in a Whole Foods manufacturing facility in Everett, Massachusetts.

In a letter to Whole Foods addressing the violations, FDA states that the food was manufactured in such a way that “may have been contaminated with filth or rendered injurious to health.” The violations were discovered through an inspection that took place in February.

It is still an issue because although Whole Foods provided a written response to the letter, they have failed to provide documentation as evidence that the conditions have improved.

The FDA Violations Observed at the Facility

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  • Whole Foods failed to manufacture, package and store foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize the potential for growth of microorganisms and contamination.
  • The firm failed to maintain equipment in an acceptable condition through appropriate cleaning and sanitizing.
  • The firm failed to sanitize and thoroughly dry, prior to use, food-contact surfaces which have been wet cleaned.
  • The firm failed to take proper precautions to protect food and food-contact surfaces from contamination with chemicals, filth and extraneous materials due to deficiencies in plant design.
  • The firm’s hand-washing facilities lack running water of a suitable temperature.
  • The firm failed to properly identify toxic sanitizing agents in a manner that protects against contamination.


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