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FDA to Issue Report Citing Violations at Berger Factory

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The Food and Drug Administration will issue a “Form 483” to managers at the factory where iconic Berger cookies are made as part of an ongoing investigation, George Strait, special assistant communications at the federal agency’s Office of Regulatory Authority, confirmed Monday.

Form 483 is issued “at the conclusion of an inspection when an investigator(s) has observed any conditions that in their judgement may constitute violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act and related Acts,” according to the FDA website.

This comes days after The Sun first reported the Baltimore City Health Department shut down the Cherry Hill bakery responsible for the famous dark-chocolate-frosting-covered treats after it found the business was operating without a license.

It was not immediately clear when the FDA inspected the facility. The city closed the factory on Jan. 31. The findings contained within the report were not yet available but will eventually be made public in a posting on the FDA’s site.

A city health department official previously told The Sun the oversight organization had no food-safety concerns with the cookie factory. Health department officials were unable to respond to City Paper’s questions by press time.

Anthony T. Bartlett—an attorney serving as spokesperson for the DeBaufre family, owners of the bakery for more than 40 years—did not immediately return calls for comment.

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