Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, August 23, 2000

CORNYN FILES SUIT AGAINST A FOOD MANUFACTURER FOR OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of a lawsuit against L'Epicurien, Inc., and Roger Alexandre Buret for operating a food manufacturing firm without a license, unsanitary conditions, and labeling violations. Roger Alexandre Buret owns and operates L'Epicurien, a wholesale food establishment located in Irving. The company manufactures sausages, pates, and pastries, which are sent to major food distributors and gourmet stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The company also operates a catering service in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"Consumers have the right to purchase and consume food products without worrying about possible contamination. I will continue to fight those companies who disregard health and safety standards," said Attorney General Cornyn.

L'Epicurien is operating without a food manufacturer's license from the Texas Department of Health (TDH) despite repeated notifications that doing so is a violation of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. During inspections, TDH investigators found unsanitary conditions, such as moldy products and ingredient containers as well as uncovered and unprotected ingredients near dripping water in a walk-in cooler. Inspectors also observed that the company did not include "use-by" or expiration dates on its food labels.

In addition, the State alleges that L'Epicurien is not a corporation in good standing with the Office of the Comptroller because of their failure to pay franchise tax. State law prohibits the granting of a license to any corporation which is delinquent in paying a tax owed to the State.

The lawsuit was filed, at the request of the Texas Commissioner of Health, in State District Court in Dallas County and alleges that L'Epicurien, Inc., and its owner, Roger Alexandre Buret, are operating a food manufacturing firm without a license and have adulterated and misbranded food in violation of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The State is seeking injunctive relief, civil penalties, and money to cover the costs of the State's investigation and attorneys fees.

Assistant Attorney General Ken Kirkpatrick, in the Dallas office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, is handling this case.

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