In a news release by the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA), Home Style Foods, Inc., a Michigan-based food manufacturer, has agreed to discontinue selling food products until the company complies with federal regulations and other requirements.
This action follows several inspections conducted by the USDA, which found Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) in the company’s food preparation area and violations of seafood safety regulations associated with the processing of fish and fishery products.
FDA Chief Counsel, Stacy Cline Amin, said: “The company failed to take the appropriate corrective actions resulting in this action”, adding, “When a company fails to follow the law, the government will take action to protect the food supply.”
The consent decree prohibits the defendants from receiving, preparing, processing, packing, holding, labeling and/or distributing foods at or from their facility, or any other facility, until certain requirements are met.
The decree requires the defendants to make corrective actions and notify the FDA before operations may resume.
L. mono is a species of disease-causing bacteria. When ingested, people may develop listeriosis—an infection that can have serious adverse effects for consumers, particularly women who are or may become pregnant, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
The company was given a number of FDA Form 483s and warning letters since 2007, and it repeatedly promised to make corrective actions to address the objectionable conditions.
However, the FDA’s June 2018 inspection showed that Home Style Foods, Inc. has failed to make corrections.
The FDA is not aware of any confirmed illnesses related to these products. However, consumers who think they may have been sickened by these products should seek the assistance of a health care professional and contact the FDA to report problems with any FDA-regulated products.