The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Frito-Lay Inc. about “serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation” because its investigators found potato chips to be misbranded “in that the finished product labels did not declare a major food allergen (milk)” in addition to being “prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.” The warning applied to Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream Potato Chips packaged with labels for the wrong type of chips, the Ruffles Original variety, at one facility. At another facility, the company reportedly failed to implement “allergen preventive control procedures to significantly minimize or prevent allergen cross-contact,” which require the company to “verify that all visible evidence of prior seasoning is removed” after producing Lay’s Limón Flavored Potato Chips.

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