- Of the 110 environmental samples taken, 7 were confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes with 6 of these being direct food contact surfaces. These included the polishing brushes and the wooden bins.
- FDA observed food contact surfaces on packing equipment that were not maintained in a way that could be easily cleaned and sanitized.
- Exposed foam padding material on a packaging line (again, something that is not only difficult to clean, but can be a collection point for contamination).
- A bucket conveyor system made of a canvas material that had frayed ends (another material not easily cleaned).
- Torn / cracked flaps for controlling apple flow.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
FDA's Inspection Report for Apple Facility Involved in Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak
FDA had issued a 483 Report on the Bidart Apple operation in light of the Caramel Apple Listeria outbreak. This 483 Report made available through the Marler Blog indicated the following: