Tuna salad, other products seized at La. company

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday seized tuna salad sandwiches and other food products from Bearden Sandwich Co., doing business as Southern Belle Sandwich Co., in Baton Rouge, La.

U.S. marshals seized the products, worth more than USD 72,000 (EUR 50,731), due to violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The products were prepared, packed and held under unsanitary conditions, including rodent infestation. The tuna salad sandwiches were processed under conditions that violated federal seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations.

FDA inspectors also found evidence of filthy conditions and poor employee practices, such as allowing food-processing utensils to lie on the floor near live insects.

The sandwich company distributes products to convenience and retail stores in southern Louisiana; Mobile and Montgomery, Ala.; and Crestview, Fla.

The FDA has not received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products. The FDA urges consumers who may have purchased the products to dispose of them in a safe manner and wash their hands thoroughly after handling.

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