The latest round of warning letters to food companies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went out to food manufacturer Post Foods, two seafood companies, a juice processor, and a beverage company allegedly found to be using an unsafe food additive, according to Food Safety News.
FDA found that Post Foods LLC of Parsippany, N.J., has mislabeled its Post Great Grains Digestive Blend (Vanilla Graham) in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Specifically, the agency stated that the product bears health claims about disease prevention that are not authorized by FDA.
Bebida Beverage Co. of Moorseville, N.C., manufactures a product called “Koma Unwind Liquid Relaxation,” which contains melatonin, a food additive not permitted in conventional foods and beverages. The product is also misbranded for displaying labeling as a “dietary supplement” despite being marketed and represented as a conventional beverage, FDA stated.
FDA took issue with another beverage manufacturer, Stewart Brothers Inc. of Hood River, Ore. An inspection of the Stewart Brothers facilities revealed “serious violations” of hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) regulation for juice processors, the agency’s letter stated. Specifically, FDA found that the company did not have sufficient processes in place to guarantee the safety of a number of its juice products: 100-percent juice blends “Kale Apple Lemon Greens,” “Green Apple Greens,” and “Lemon Ginger Apple Greens.”
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