Food And Drinks

Detroit food producer told to stop making pierogis, seafood because of unsanitary conditions


DETROIT, MI – The Justice Department announced that a federal court has permanently ordered a Hamtramck company to cease processing or distributing ready-to-eat seafood salads, as well as non-seafood salads, pierogis and dips due to local conditions.

A complaint filed on January 13, 2020 at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alleged that Home Style Foods Inc., the company’s president, Michael J. Kowalski, and the company’s quality manager, Juan Valesquez, were against the Violated the food law. Drugs and Cosmetics Act through the processing and distribution of fish products and other foods, including salads, pierogis and dips, in a facility where government inspectors previously found evidence of contamination with Listeria.

According to the complaint, the FDA issued a warning letter to Home Style Foods in April 2016.

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the health of consumers by rigorously enforcing US food safety laws,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s civil division. “We will continue to work with the FDA to ensure that companies are serious about food hygiene and safety laws.”

The order issued by the court permanently prohibits defendants from violating the Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act and obliges Home Style Foods to cease processing and distributing its products unless they comply with the specific remedial measures set out in the injunction.


Dusty Kennedy