The Food and Drug Administration has Brooklyn wholesaler New Yung Wah Trading Co. in its sights because of unresolved food safety issues that include rodents nesting in a box of thawing meat that was stored on top of fresh melons.
On Dec. 23 the FDA posted its Dec. 9 warning letter to co-owner Juan Qing Lin. FDA officials cited numerous instances of live and dead rodents, birds flying through the warehouse and landing on fresh produce and other food products during a two-week inspection of one of the company’s warehouses.
There were also plumbing problems, leaking roofs and clogged floor drains. The company had until Dec. 24 to reply to the warning letter.
“Our investigators observed standing water when entering cooler No. 2 adjacent to openly stored produce,” according to the warning letter about conditions at the company’s warehouse in McKees Rocks, Pa.
“These conditions were brought to the attention of Mr. (Bao Ping) Zheng (manager) on Oct. 15, 16 and 20. However, the produce continued to be stored in the same manner with no corrective action to remove the standing water.”
The inspectors also found what appeared to be a rodent nest among pineapple leaves, gnaw marks on cardboard boxes containing pineapples and rodent excreta inside the boxes of pineapples.
Officials from the wholesaler wrote to FDA on Nov. 19, stating that they had “aggressively addressed” issues cited by inspectors.
The FDA was not satisfied.
“We do not consider this response acceptable because you failed to provide documentation for our review that demonstrates your noted corrective actions," according to the warning letter.
According to the company’s website, it provides fresh produce, meat, seafood and other food products to foodservice operators and restaurants in the Asian communities throughout the East Coast. New Yung Wah Trading Co. has multiple facilities located in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.