Sunday, March 3, 2013

FDA Inspection

East Wind Nut Butters recently received a satisfactory report from the Food and Drug Administration, the result of a November 2012 on-site inspection of our facility in Missouri. The report states that our facility meets and exceeds federal standards. The FDA has the enormous task of keeping America’s food supply safe and routinely visits food processing plants to conduct unannounced inspections. These inspections include reviewing the accuracy of sanitation and production logs and taking random swab samples that the FDA sends to a laboratory for testing. One hundred swabs samples were taken from our production facility and sent out to the lab. All samples came back free of contaminants and our records and logs also received a clean bill of health.

East Wind Nut Butters has standard operating procedures in place to ensure that the delicious nut butter we make is also safe to eat. We, at East Wind Community not only make the nut butter, but we enjoy it, cook with it and feed it to our families. (See our recipe link on this website!) Its safety is paramount on a personal level and for the future of our business. 

Beginning January 2013, the FDA will require biennial registration of domestic and foreign food facilities that manufacture, process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States. This additional registration will assist the FDA to regulate and enforce standards on the food industry.

East Wind Nut Butters sincerely thanks the FDA inspectors and workers for their diligence!

East Wind Nut Butters was not a part of the recent peanut products recall. Our buyers work hard to build relationships with growers and shippers who are also diligent. Once the nuts are delivered to East Wind, they are stored in a dedicated, secured refrigerated warehouse and are soon milled into nut butter and jarred and packaged on the same day. Random samples are taken and tested by an outside lab to ensure the safety and quality of our products.