Dearborn Heights Import Company Told of FDA Violations – Press and Guide

The Food and Drug Administration recently released a notice that was sent to Aroma Imports Inc. of Dearborn Heights, for alleged violations of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program.

According to the FDA, a sample analyzed from a shipment received by Aroma contained Salmonella.

The letter, which only became public this week, was sent on December 23. The shipment that was tested was received between August 5 and August 26.

Calls to the business, 27209 W. Warren Street, went unanswered.

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration issues warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not displayed to the public until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters are often not issued until a company has had months or even years to correct the issues. The FDA frequently redacts portions of warning letters posted to the public.

According to the letter, which has been partially redacted, two major violations were found.

• During the inspection, the company told the investigator that it was trying to obtain “letters of assurance” from its suppliers, but that it had no written assurance, as required, for most of the products it imports, including Ajwa dates imported from (redacted) located in (redacted) and tahina imported from (redacted) located in (redacted).

• The company did not document that it took appropriate corrective action after being informed of a adulteration issue with its foreign supplier of food it imports. Specifically, on January 5, 2021, the company voluntarily destroyed a shipment of halawa that it had imported (redacted) on or about November 1, 2020, after the FDA informed it that it had analyzed a sample taken on this shipment, detected Salmonella and determined that the halawa was adulterated. The FDA placed (redacted) Import Alert No. 99-19, “Detention Without Physical Examination of Food Products Due to the Presence of Salmonella” on December 18, 2020. This foreign supplier remains on import alert. import no. 99-19.

The letter stated that although they voluntarily destroyed the contaminated sample, they imported another batch from the same supplier “on or about June 27, 2021”, without documenting the corrective actions they took to resolve the previous issue. .

During the August inspection, the company told FDA investigators it had been in contact with the overseas supplier regarding findings of Salmonella in the products. The company said the supplier believed the source of the contamination was the sesame seed ingredient and that the company took care of it. The firm also obtained written assurance dated June 2, 2021. However, it did not document any corrective action.

The full warning letter can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3tEHjaH.

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