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Ferries Continued from page 1 The facilities used in preparing and holding food demonstrated unsanitary or dangerous condi- tions, according to the warning letter; and food-contact surfaces including utensils and equipment were observed to be dirty and rusty. Other food-contact utensils were found to be improperly stored between use, contributing to potential bacteria growth or cross-contamination. Inspectors found numerous oth- er violations of safe food handling food preparation operation is clas- to see how the River and Bay Au- sifted as provisional status." thority is doing on its improve- The warning continued: "If you ments. We did find some im- fail to perform these corrections within the time allotted, FDA may execute serious regulatory ac- tions, which can include: classify- ing your operation as use-prohib- ited; or ordering a permanent in- junction of operations." Following the most recent in- spections of all five vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet, DR- BA spokesman Jim Salmon said July 12: "We've made some progress. The FDA recognizes we've made improvements in our plumbing and cleanliness, sanita- provement on the MVTwin Capes, but this is still an open in- vestigation. They're not there yet." FDA spokeswoman Ruth Welch said the last inspection of the DR- BA ferries occurred in early 196, just before the Authority decided to stop employing a food service contractor and start handling the operations itself in March 1996. The FDA gave the ferries a clean bill of health on that last inspec- tion. Abrahams would not say how onboard the MV Twin Capes and the MV Cape May, many of them classified as "critical conditions where they would significantly contribute to the potential of food- borne illness," the warning letter stated. "It is your responsibility as an interstate conveyance to ensure your operations are not in viola- tion of the law," stated the letter. "The seriousness of these viola- tions would normally require the FDA to classify your food prepa- ration operation as use-prohibited; however, due to the apparent ade- quacy and promptness of your corrective actions, as documented in the informatiofi provided to this office by (DRBA) Chief Operat- ing Officer Jeffrey Lewis, your tion and refrigeration. We still have improvements to make with our staff issues of training and food handling, but we're working on that." Salmon said the DRBA has hired a retired FDA employee as a consultant to the improvement ef- forts, noting: "It's costing us; we've spent a pretty penny on these improvements already, and we're going to make the grade by the deadline." But FDA public health service director of compliance Ray Abra- hamssaid Thursday, July 13, that the ferry service "has a long way to go to meet standards." Abrahams explained the recent three-day inspections of all ves- sels "was just a partial inspection Standards Continued from page 16 al standards for emissions and pollution, the new program calls for each state to establish its own levels of emissions and pollution for local areas. The rule requires "comprehen- sive planning on a river-by-river, lake-by-lake and bay-by-bay basis by local and state governments working in partnership with the EPA," said Browner. She added that the rule gives states more flexibility in how to enforce the new rules once they become ef- fective October 2001. Considered as part of the new pollution and emissions standards will be a study of point source polluters such as sewage treat- ment plants, power generation plants and factories. Also considered will be studies of non-point sources such as farmers' fields, unsewered devel- opments and woods where trees are harvested. The end result, Browner said, would be that each state, each lo- cality would have its own water quality standards and its own TMDLs, rather than having to abide by standards set in other states for other bodies of water. President Bill Clinton called the rules "a critical, common-sense step" to improving the quality of water nationwide. 0000911TM $ 427 SELF-STICK ROLL ROOFING . Sticks to most surfaces Aluminum surface reflects heat-reduces energy costs Low costLabor saving/Easy to install Light in weightEasy to handle Tough and durabte-punctura and abrasive resistant " Requires no coating for exposure to sunlight For roofing, waterproofing, patching & 10 Year Warranty S top by Today! QUALITY ROOFING SUPPLY C0. 1572 Highway One,. Lewes, DE (302) 644-4115 frequently the FDA will inspect the DRBA ferries from now on, but did emphasize: "We'll be back." 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