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Report IDs Top 5 FDA Food Safety Rule Violations in 2018

January 8, 2019
Workers inside of a food production plant. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Workers inside of a food production plant. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A new report by regulatory compliance consultants Registrar Corp. examines U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data from inspections during the fiscal year 2018, providing an outline of the top five food safety violations issued by the agency during the period. 

Examining citations issued by the FDA from October 2017 to September 2018, the researchers identified Sanitation Monitoring as the most common food safety-related violation during the fiscal year. 188 facilities were cited for failure to properly monitor sanitary conditions with sufficient frequency.

The second most common violation was Pest Control, representing 183 citations during the period. FDA investigators cited 175 facilities with failure to ensure that proper controls were in place to prevent food hazards like contamination and contact with allergens. 

167 businesses received citations for not keeping their facilities properly maintained or failing to regularly clean the facilities. Personnel-related food safety issues represented the fifth most common food safety violation in fiscal year 2018, with 161 sites receiving citations for lacking food safety measures and precautions with their personnel. 

“Food facilities should ensure compliance with the above and other good manufacturing practices. Food safety violations discovered during an inspection may result in FDA enforcement such as Warning Letters, Import Refusals, or Import Alerts,” the authors of the report said. “These compliance issues can damage a brand’s reputation and often influence the buying decisions of purchasers.”

Registrar Corp. provides food manufacturers with assistance to comply with FDA food safety regulations. To view the company’s full report, click here.  

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