FAA proposes $54K fine against GFS

WASHINGTON (WOOD) — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $54,000 fine against Gordon Food Service for allegedly violating regulations involving hazardous materials.

The FAA says that in August 2014 Gordon Food Service gave UPS a shipment of 30 four-ounce fryer boil-out foaming tablets to be flown from Florida to North Carolina.

According to a release from the FAA, the tablets are made of corrosive sodium hydroxide and the inner boxes were labeled “DANGER: May Cause Burns.”

Employees at a UPS facility in Lakeland, Florida, discovered the shipment.

The FAA says the package was not properly marked, labeled or accompanied by shipping papers about the type of hazardous material inside. They also allege that GFS did not provide required emergency response information with the shipment or made sure that its employees received the proper training.

GFS has 30 days to respond to the FAA’s letter.

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