We recently tested two incoming lots of ingredient from a high risk supplier. Both lots were positive for Listeria monocytogenes. We contacted the supplier and were also instructed by the FDA to submit a reportable food registry report. Our lab sent the isolates to the FDA for further genetic testing. Our supplier has not been cooperative and did not previously have a sanitation schedule nor an environmental monitoring plan. This truly seems like it is an environmental issue at our suppliers facility. We immediately suspended all supply of ingredient from this supplier. Our supplier stated that the FDA inspected them and told them that they can sell the product that tested positive for L. mono because all of their results were negative. I searched on the FDA website for inspection dates for this supplier. The FDA website is up-to-date as of 4/14/18 and the audit of our supplier was supposed to have occurred 3/9/18. There is no record that the facility was inspected.
I thought that the FDA had to publish all facility inspection dates. I checked the website and all of our own facilities inspections are listed on there. Could this supplier be lying to us about having an FDA inspection? How could it even be lawful to sell an ingredient that tested positive for L. mono?!
I am extremely concerned that either the supplier is not being truthful or that the FDA is not following through from our reportable food registry report. How can we ensure that action is taken?
Thank you for your help!