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The FDA Is Going After Frito-Lay for These Violations

The chip brand has issued five recalls in five years.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Frito-Lay's CEO after the federal agency inspected two of the company's facilities in September following five Class I recalls in the last five years.

Frito Lay announced two recalls alone in late August: one for an undeclared milk allergen after the wrong seasoning was used in Lay's Barbecue Flavored Potato Chips, and another after Ruffles Original Potato Chips mistakenly contained Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips.

Following the recalls, the FDA inspected two separate facilities in Bakersfield, Calif., and Vancouver, Wash. The agency "found serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulations," according to the letter.

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In the letter, Edmundo Garcia Jr., the director of the FDA's Dallas District, addressed Frito-Lay's internal response to the recalls and inspections. Garcia outlined specific corrective actions the chip brand needs to take—and what would happen if the issues aren't resolved.

"You did not identify and implement preventive controls to provide assurances that any hazard requiring a preventive control will be significantly minimized or prevented," the letter reads before diving further into specific problems that need to be addressed. "You should take prompt action to correct the violations noted in this letter . . . We will verify implementation of any corrective actions during FDA's next inspection of your facility."

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more