The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a scathing report about the South Carolina production facility of King of Pops, which is based in Atlanta.
The report found evidence of “rodent excreta pellets” and other signs of pests at the plant. An employee at the Atlanta headquarters said the issues were brought to the company’s attention over two months ago and the South Carolina plant only serves the Charleston area.
“We’ve already taken the steps to take care of those violations,” the employee said. “They’ve been in place for over a month.”
The FDA warning letter is dated Aug. 3. Among the FDA’s reported findings at the plant:
a. Approximately 55 rodent excreta pellets (REPs) in the rear right corner of the production facility underneath food storage rack (b)(4).
b. Approximately 45 REPs located inside of a raw ingredient storage box that contained (b)(4) and other ingredients on the middle rack of storage rack (b)(4).
c. Approximately 16 REPs in the rear middle wall of the production facility underneath food storage rack (b)(4).
d. Approximately 20 REPs on the interior and exterior of the water heater basin located in the front right corner of the production facility.
e. Approximately 3 REPs on the front middle wall located underneath the cook table.
f. Approximately 7 live fly-like insects throughout the production area that were observed landing on food contact surfaces, production surfaces, and where food was being stored.
“You should take prompt action to correct the violations cited in this letter. Failure to promptly correct these violations may result in legal action without further notice, including, without limitation, seizure and injunction,” the FDA wrote.
Here is the full letter: