Sun Valley Juice Company Ordered by FDA to Cease Operations
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a juice manufacturer to cease operations.
Per the requirements from the federal agency, Sun Valley Juice Company will stop receiving, processing, preparing, packing, holding, and distributing juice until the agency determines that the company is in compliance with laws and regulations applicable to producing food that is safe. The company has complied with the order.
The FDA has made several attempts to help the company comply with the applicable regulations before seeking the shutdown. In 2006, a federal judge signed a court-ordered agreement, called a consent decree, between the FDA and Sun Valley Juice Company, in which the company agreed, among other things, to establish and implement a hazard prevention plan. However, FDA investigators have repeatedly found the company out of compliance with the agreements.
"When a company repeatedly disobeys food safety laws and regulations, and does not stick to a court-ordered agreement designed to protect public health, the FDA must use the full power of the courts to protect consumers," Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, said in a written statement.
Sun Valley does not pasteurize its juice. Pasteurization is known to kill harmful bacteria that could cause illness, so the company is required to take other preventative measures. The consent decree and subsequent inspections were intended to ensure that the company was taking these necessary steps designed to protect human health.
The company can resume operations only once the FDA is confident it can abide by the appropriate laws and regulations.