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Cumberland Farms Corrects FDA Food Safety Concerns

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Convenience store operator Cumberland Farms Inc.'s warehouse and commissary in Westborough, Mass., achieved Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliance in February, contrary to published reports stating the retailer has no plan in place.

The compliance follows a warning letter sent to the chain in September by the Food and Drug Administration, which was "responded to immediately," Christen Graham, spokeswoman for Cumberland Farms, told CSNews Online. "Everything has been rectified and we're compliant as of February."

The FDA's letter, posted on its Web site, cited two 2009 inspections of Cumberland Farms' commissary facility in Westborough, Mass. On those occasions, inspectors found violations of the seafood HACCP regulation for neither having a hazard analysis plan in place nor maintaining sanitation control records for its packaged tuna fish sandwiches, according to the document.

And in a letter to Cumberland Farms dated Feb. 25, the FDA stated it conducted inspections in January at the facility, and upon evaluation found the retailer has addressed the violations the FDA found in 2009.

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