FDA Sends Dollar Tree Warning Letter

(RepublicanReport.org) – When a company issues a recall due to an issue with its products, stores must take action to remove the goods from their shelves. If they don’t, they can face additional ramifications, including harsh penalties. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned Dollar Tree for failing to adhere to a product recall and mandated it take steps to remedy the situation.

In October 2023, WanaBana issued a voluntary recall of its Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree pouches after samples were found to contain elevated levels of lead. Dollar Tree was warned about the product. Yet, when the FDA carried out “recall audit checks,” agents found that the stores “continued to offer the recalled [product] on store shelves well after the recall was initiated.” The agency said it recorded “numerous attempts to bring this serious issue” to the retail chain’s attention. By keeping the product on its shelves, Dollar Tree is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, which prohibits the sale of “adulterated food.”

Dollar Tree says it has complied with the recall, including placing a stop sale notice on the products. This means if a customer tries to buy the pouches, the register will prevent the sale. The FDA says that’s not enough. It cites the experience of one parent who allowed their child to eat a pouch while shopping only to be told at the register that the product was unsaleable.

In the letter, the FDA outlines several times it spoke with or had correspondence with the company regarding the recall in November and December 2023, where it was found to be in noncompliance with the order to remove the food pouches from the shelves.

The administration has asked Dollar Tree to respond within 15 days of the letter, which was sent on June 11, outlining the steps it’s taking to address the violations, ensure there are no recurrences of violations, and make copies of all documentation related to the issue.

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