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Stay Clear of the Top 5 Inspection Violations for Your Tea Company

If you're looking to have a squeaky clean report card in 2022, then take note of what food violations were given most in FY 2021. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the most citations for these violations between October 2020 and September 2021. Ensure your tea business is not in jeopardy of receiving a citation with some proactive measures.

We are here to help your tea business become set up for success. Contact Hula Consulting to help ensure you are prepared for an inspection. From the fifth most offended to the first, here are the violations you should ensure that your tea company will not receive.

5. Sanitary Operations

Food facilities must maintain a clean and sanitary facility to prevent environmental threats to food products. During an inspection, #FDA determines the adequate repairing and sanitizing of every physical aspect of the facility to prevent food adulteration.

4. Hazard Analysis

FDA requires most food facilities to identify potential biological, chemical, or physical hazards that may occur at their facility and establish preventive controls for those hazards. Your facility should have a Food Safety Plan written by a trained #PCQI (Preventive Qualified Individual). If you're not sure if your tea business has a properly written plan, let's talk.

3. Manufacturing Controls

The #manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding controls citation indicates that a facility did not conduct operations under conditions that would minimize the chances for potential microorganism growth, allergen cross-contamination, or contamination and deterioration of food. FDA requires facilities to provide controlled environments when handling food products to avoid potential health risks to consumers.

2. Pest Control

FDA will search for signs of potential pest infestations during facility #inspections. FDA cited 88 food facilities for failure to use effective measures to exclude pests within the facility or for misusing pesticides in a way that could cause potential contamination of food, food-contact surfaces, and food-packaging materials.

1. FSVP Violations

For the fourth year, with 55% more than last year, the top-cited inspection violation was the failure to develop an FSVP. FDA cited 796 facilities for failing to develop an #FSVP in FY2021. FDA attempts to verify that a facility’s foreign suppliers are producing food that is compliant with FDA’s food safety requirements by enforcing the Food Safety Modernization Act (#FSMA). During FSVP inspections, FDA requires most food importers to present complete Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs) that adequately demonstrate suppliers’ food safety.

Concerned about an upcoming FDA inspection? You'll need an expert on your team who is PCQI certified - like Hula Consulting to help with the development of your FSVP and assist in a mock-inspection visit to your facility. Our gap audit will give you a detailed report on what is necessary to correct to pass an FDA inspection. Contact us today at 561.600.7025 or We look forward to helping you with your #tea business!

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