Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Warning Letter of the Week: REP edition

Via a letter to the CEO of the New England Confectionery Company, Inc. (the makers of Necco Wafers and Sweethearts), this blistering letter: 
1.    You did not take effective measures to exclude pests from the manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding areas and to protect against the contamination of food on the premises by pests as required by 21 CFR 117.35(c). Specifically, during the inspection, FDA investigators noted evidence of rodent activity in the following food storage areas in your facility:
Rodent excreta pellets (REPs) too numerous to count (TNTC) and evidence of wide spread rodent activity were identified in multiple areas throughout the plant, on raw material, and components of ready-to-eat (RTE) product. Specifically, our investigators noted REPs on the floor across from the “Sweethearts” production staging area, the floor of the “Sweethearts” cooling room, the floor of the peanut roasting room between pallets containing empty drums of “Mary Jane Peanut Butter”, in multiple locations on the floor of the raw material storage warehouse, in multiple locations on the floor of the finished product storage warehouse, the floor and storage racks of the second floor maintenance area, in multiple areas on the floor of the molding room and the loading dock. Ripped bags of sugar and ripped bags of almonds appearing to have been re-sealed were observed. Spilled sugar and almonds were observed on the floor. REPs were observed among spilled almonds on the floor.
My jaw has dropped TFTM (too far to measure.) Yuck.  


  1. Good thing Necco wafers and Sweethearts are already digusting!

  2. The Necco factory theme song.

  3. New Necco product: Almond Jelly Beans?

  4. That is a lot of acronyms to essentially say "full of rat shit"

    "Rodent excreta pellets (REPs) too numerous to count (TNTC)"

  5. According the FDA's letter, these sanitation issues have been going on for nearly a year. Yet Necco still has not resolved them. When is the FDA going to take action and shut down the facility? Consumers are at risk of being sickened.

  6. The Iron ChemistMay 31, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    "Consumers are at risk of being sickened."

    Already there Anon, and I haven't eaten any Necco-stuff in about 20 years.

  7. My comment to the inspector: it's just extra flavor...