F.D.A. warns Chiquita on product labeling

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has sent Chiquita Brands International a warning letter saying the company’s Pineapple Bites with Coconut and Pineapple Bites products are misbranded and misleading.

The F.D.A. said the Pineapple Bites with Coconut product is false and misleading in its identity as the product is made with coconut flavor spray and not real coconut. In addition, these products have nutrient content claims on the packaging that are not valid or the products don’t meet the requirements for, including claims for antioxidants and phytonutrients. Also, the products contain preservatives that are not disclosed on the labels with descriptions of their functions.

In addition, the F.D.A. said it found Salmonella and E. coli in samples of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine, and although the company recalled these products the regulatory agency is encouraging the company to review its criteria for receiving product as well as procedures for washing, flume and processing water.

Chiquita has 15 days to respond with changes or proposed changes.

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