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Information Alert: Violation of Labeling Program


Nutrition Services Division Information Alert

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-04-2008

Attention: Food Service Director, Business Official

Date: June 2008
Subject: Violation of Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program
Reference: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo SP-03-2008

This Information Alert provides a notification that two manufacturing plants producing products under the Advance Food Company have made unauthorized changes to Child Nutrition (CN) Label approvals in violation of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) CN Labeling Program. The unauthorized changes resulted in the credit for meat/meat alternate and/or grain/bread being less than the amount claimed on the originally approved CN label.

The following products, produced by the Advance Food Company (establishment number 1932) located in Garland, Texas, and the Advance Food Company (establishment number 2260E) located in Enid, Oklahoma, are barred from using a CN label because they do not provide the credit claimed on the CN label:

CN Number Establishment Number Product Name and Code
069662 1932 Flamebroiled beef patties
CN5117
069283 2260E Beef steak fritter for a biscuit
CN79020-20
064321 1932 Breaded chicken fried beef pattie
04080-761 FMB 45178

This violation withdraws the assurance to schools using food-based menu planning options that these products provide the meal pattern components as stated on the CN label. Districts using the Traditional or Enhanced Food Based Menu Planning options may still use the product; however, you can no longer rely on the information provided on the CN label. If you choose to use the above products, you need to contact the manufacturer for the correct crediting documentation. Districts using a nutrient-based menu planning option should seek updated information from the manufacturer from their nutrient database, since the formulations for these products have changed.

If Advance Food Company wishes to produce any of the above products as a CN-labeled product, they must submit a new label application with a new CN identification number for final approval by FNS and the Food Safety Inspection Service for each of the products they wish to produce.

If you have any questions regarding this Information Alert, please contact the appropriate SNP specialist listed on form Caseload SNP in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System. You may also contact the SNP Unit Secretary by phone at 916-322-1450 or 800-952-5609.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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