A New Jersey-based pet food firm agreed to halt the sale of its merchandise after federal officers say it had been working under “grossly insanitary conditions” and produced pet food contaminated with micro organism.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Bravo Packing Inc. agreed to cease promoting, manufacturing and distributing its uncooked pet food till it comes into compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
Representatives for Bravo Packing didn’t reply to FOX Business’ request for remark.
A federal decide “entered a consent decree against” Bravo Packing for violating public security requirements under Part 507 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food Regulation, which requires “animal food facilities take adequate precautions to prevent animal food from becoming contaminated.”
The part additionally requires that “all food manufacturing, processing, packing and holding is conducted under the conditions necessary to minimize the potential for the growth of undesirable microorganisms to protect against the contamination of animal food,” in response to the FDA.
A consent decree of everlasting injunction between the FDA and the corporate, “prohibits the defendants from receiving, preparing, processing, packing, holding, labeling, and/or distributing pet food unless and until the company completes corrective actions,” in response to the FDA. It additionally permits the federal company to order “a shutdown, recall, or other corrective action in the event of future violations and requires the defendants to pay the costs of inspections performed pursuant to the decree.”
The FDA mentioned it performed facility inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to Bravo Packing in 2020. During its inspections, federal officers say they “found evidence of significant food safety violations including grossly insanitary conditions.”
According to the FDA, “multiple samples of finished raw pet food products collected” examined optimistic for salmonella, which might result in sickness in each pets and people. Some of these completed samples in addition to environmental samples additionally examined optimistic for listeria monocytogenes, in response to the FDA.
“The food we give our pets should be safe for them to eat and safe for people to handle,” Steven Solomon, FDA director for the Center for Veterinary Medicine, mentioned in an announcement.
The company “has taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations, and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria,” Solomon continued.
In March 2021, the corporate issued a recall for a few of its pet food over considerations that it might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria. A couple of weeks later, the corporate expanded the recall to incorporate extra pet food merchandise.