March 3, Bravo Packing Inc. of Harrison Point, NJ, recalled all of its frozen raw foods – low-fat beef and “Performance Dog” – after tests that showed contamination of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Consumers should be especially careful if they miss dog food in their homes because it is dangerous to human health if people fail to follow proper hand washing and hygiene procedures, according to a company memorandum sent by the Food and Drug Administration.
This memory is similar to the memory since September 2018 of the entire company of Performance Dog frozen raw animal food products due to the potential contamination of Salmonella. That remembrance led to a site survey in 2019 and in March 2020 Bravo Packing Inc. received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration explaining the violation of the facility.
A comprehensive warning letter issued last year was part of normal enforcement activities. See the excerpts below.
Some FDA warning letters were not sent for public comment for weeks or months after their submission. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters are often not issued until the company has been given months to years to rectify the problems. The FDA usually releases portions of warning letters sent for public viewing.
IBravo Packing Inc.
Carney’s Point, NJ
A Jersey food company has been notified by the FDA of violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act at its facility. In a letter the FDA states that the factory produces raw foods in ways in which animal feed can be contaminated with unwanted microorganisms by a company with no control measures.
In a warning letter dated March 16, 2020, the FDA announced on July 22, 24, and August 6, 2019, tests at Bravo Packing Inc. eCarney’s Point, NJ. Investigators found serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
The test was a follow-up test of any adjustments made from the company’s Class I remember with its Performance Dog Food after an FDA sample taken during the 2018 test revealed the presence of Salmonella.
FDA testing led to the release of the FDA Form 483 Inspectional Observations report publicly listing.
FDA testing of this plant, including the production process, revealed several violations:
1. They have not kept animal feed and non-contact areas clean and sanitary to prevent contamination of animal feed and animal food contact areas. In addition, in wet animal feed processing, where cleaning and hygiene are necessary to prevent the introduction of unwanted germs into animal feed, all animal contact areas should be cleaned and sanitized before use.
Researchers who see their sanitation work write that dried food scraps were left over from the equipment used to make raw, frozen, ready-to-eat dog food, even though the equipment was identified as “clean” by the worker.
Additionally, their sanitation procedures included simple hot water cleaning, spraying with pure bleach, and final cleaning. Users do not use detergents, hand scrubbers, or other appropriate procedures to remove meat and fat residues from the food and contact areas in their area. Below are a few comments from FDA investigators during the 2019 trial:
• On July 22, 2019, the only exit auger that feeds the uncooked beef ingredient in the mixture was found to have a lot of heavy, dark, rough, meat-like ingredients. The remnants of the film were also seen on the sides of the exit lump.
• On July 24, 2019, FDA investigators observed an overflow of animal fat as the grinder entered the auger. This was seen after the machine was cleaned, before the bleach spray step.
• On July 24, 2019, buckets used to store sliced meat show a black residue inside. They said the buckets had been cleaned.
2. They did not use toxic substances, such as detergents and detergents, in the form of animal feed protection, contact with animal feed or animal food packaging for contamination.
• On July 24, 2019, the above-mentioned buckets, used to store sliced meat, were also found to contain what appeared to have been cleaned of excrement under buckets.
• When animal contact areas are cleaned with water, you may need to dry these areas thoroughly before they can be used again.
3. They did not catch animal feed to distribute it under conditions that prevent contamination and reduce degradation.
• On July 22 and July 24, 2019, condensate drip, groundwater pools, and ice buildup in several boxes of finished dog food products were spotted in one of their factory cold stores. These are indications that the refrigerator is not working properly. In addition, many of the boxes had not yet been sealed and FDA investigators found one open box containing damaged packets, in which the finished product was contaminated with condensate drip.
4. They did not take effective measures to remove pests from the packing area and to prevent contamination of animal pests.
• On July 24, 2019, FDA investigators saw a box of cardboard boxes stored in a three-dimensional garage. The boxes, which are used to pack the finished product, such as a packaged product stored in their refrigerator, are seen as bird droppings on the top, sides, and bottom of many porridge. Excessive mammalian excreta was seen near the corrugated iron boxes found on the back wall of the garage. This practice of keeping their unsafe unsafe material under birds and in the sewage creates a way to contaminate their finished product with animal and poultry material and such germs.