FDA warns Chicago food firm about import violations

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems. The FDA frequently redacts parts of warning letters posted for public view.

Chula Vista Imports Ltd.


An import company in Chicago is on notice from the FDA for not having FSVPs for a number of imported food products.

In a Sept. 8 warning letter, the FDA described an Apr. 15-22, 2021, Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) inspection of Chula Vista Imports Ltd. in Chicago.

The FDA’s inspection revealed that the firm was not in compliance with FSVP regulations and resulted in the issuance of an FDA Form 483a. 

Specifically, the firm did not develop an FSVP for any of the foods they import, including the following foods:

  • Frozen Strawberries imported from Productores Agricolas de Jacona, Located in Mexico
  • Frozen Mango cubes imported from (redacted)
  • Chocolate Flavored coating imported from (redacted)

The full warning letter can be viewed here.

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