A Washington company that is no longer in business used rotting fruit to make juice for school children, the Food and Drug Administration said in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington.
The Valley Processing plant in Sunnyside, Washington supplied nearly 3 million servings of apple juice a year to the federal school lunch program, the lawsuit said.
Annual inspections occurring between 2016 and 2019 revealed several violations of FDA regulations, according to the lawsuit filed by the federal government on Nov. 6 in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington. The company was made aware of the violations, but failed to act on them, according do the lawsuit.
A consent decree filed in conjunction with the lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction against Valley Processing.
The consent decree says the company has to “suspend its operations, destroy its remaining inventory and adopt a sanitary control program developed by an independent expert before it could reopen,” the New York Times reported.