October 21, 2016

FDA Warning Letter to DreamLand Trading in Minneapolis Cites Rodents, Other Problems

warning letterRodents and other problems are cited in an FDA warning letter to DreamLand Trading Inc. in Minneapolis a warehouse and distributor of imported foods including, rice, pasta, packaged juices, edible oils, tea, spices, and dates.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the facility, located at 3912 Dight Avenue South, from April 29 to May 18, 2016 and found “serious violations.”

Because of the insanitary conditions at the facility,  the food is considered adulterated, meaning it is contaminated with filth or may have been rendered injurious to health, according to the FDA. Midway through the inspection, May 6, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) placed an embargo on food products held there.

Some of the things FDA investigators observed during the inspection were lack of effective measures to exclude pests, spilled rice,  rodent excreta pellets (REP) in a number of locations, rodent nesting material, rodent gnaw holes in rice bags, dates packaged in metal cans were damaged and leaking, open packages of pasta,  product cases stored directly on the floor and inadequate lighting.
 The company has 15 working days from the receipt of the letter, dated June 29, to make the corrections.
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