New XO Market reopens

Posted on Oct 09 2020

The New XO Market opened its doors a day and a half after correcting violations that caused the Environmental Health Disease Prevention to temporarily shut the store down last Oct. 6.

According to a source who agreed to speak on the condition that they not be identified, the store’s violation was that they did not comply with labeling regulations, which the source described as not a major violation.

Public Law 11-40 defines “label” to include any legend, word, or mark attached to, included in, belonging to, in close proximity to, or accompanying any food, drug, cosmetic, device, or package.

According to the source, an inspection of the store’s freezer storage showed that the packages of fish, chicken, and other frozen food items weren’t in their labeled place, which caused the shutdown. A six-person EHDP team made the inspection last Sunday.

Since the store get frozen food deliveries at random times of the day, their frozen foodstuffs weren’t in their correct places, causing the shutdown, the source said.

New XO Market shut down at approximately 1pm on Sunday, Oct. 4, and reopened on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 10am. Eight EHDP staff members reevaluated the store and confirmed that the violation has been rectified and they did not find anything dirty.

Saipan Tribune tried to obtain comments from New XO Market but was declined.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.
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