FDA Suspends Roos Foods’ Registration

The Food and Drug Administration suspended the registration of a Kenton-based food facility on March 11, 2014. Roos Foods Inc. was linked to serious health consequences that some of its customers experienced after consuming the company’s products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC), eight people were reportedly affected with an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in two states. Seven people were hospitalized in Maryland, while the victim in California passed away. All the affected persons were of Hispanic origin, which was the community the firm targeted in their advertising.

The CDC quickly partnered with the FDA and both local and state partners to conduct an investigation that linked the outbreak to Hispanic-style cheeses from Roos Foods that were contaminated with Listeria. The inspection was conducted between February 18 and March 4, 2014, and the investigators discovered unsanitary conditions in the facility. The FDA also checked different parts of the food facility and collected environmental samples. Tests showed positive results for Listeria monocytogenes from 12 swabs. 11 of these swabs contained the same strain that caused the health issues in affected persons.

The Division of Public Health in Delaware issued Roos Foods with an order known as “Cease and Desist Production and Distribution” on February 28, 2014, following the evidence gathered during the investigation. The suspension means that no one is allowed to introduce the firm’s products into either intrastate or interstate commerce in the US. The FDA will only lift the suspension when it has sufficiently ascertained that the mentioned health risks are no longer reasonably probable.

The FDA reported that the food facility made a voluntary recall of its products because of possible health risks. The recalled cheeses were distributed in Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland via retails stores. They were packaged in rigid plastic clam shell containers and flexible plastic bags in 16 oz. and 12 oz. sizes under the following brand names:

  • Anita
  • Amigo
  • Mexicana
  • Santa Rosa De Lima

The FDA advised customers with the listed products to destroy them.

The FDA was authorized to suspend registrations on January 4, 2011 following the signing into law of Food Safety Modernization Act. This is the second time it has used the authority, the first being the suspension of the registration of Sunland Inc. in November 2012.