July 23, 2024

Unsanitary Conditions Prompt Closure of Floppers Foods in Alabama

Unsanitary conditions prompted the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to order BEK Catering LLC.doing business as Floppers Foods in Daphne, Alabama to cease operations until the company can come into compliance with FDA requirements.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted multiple inspections between September 2011 and April 2015 and found repeated deviations from HACCP requirements. “When a company fails to provide an adequate plan for preventing food safety hazards from occurring in their facility, they are putting the public at risk,”  Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs said in a statement. “It is the job of the FDA to oversee that seafood businesses have adequate controls in place for the products they produce. When adequate preventive controls are not in place, we must take action to prevent potentially harmful food from entering the food supply.”

Under the consent decree of permanent injunction, the company’s owners Billy B. Stembridge, Jr. and Kyle D. Huxen, have agreed that they will no longer process fish and fishery products and will destroy, under FDA supervision, all seafood products in their custody. They also agreet hat before they resume operations, they will notify the FDA in writing 90 days in advance, comply with remedial measures specified in the decree and be subject to FDA inspection.

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