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Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Thursday, February 8, 2001

CORNYN SETTLES CASE WITH FOOD MANUFACTURER

L'Epicurien of Dallas County Must Obtain License and Pass Inspection

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of an agreed judgment and permanent injunction that prohibits L'Epicurien, Inc. and Roger Alexandre Buret from operating a food manufacturing business until the company secures a license and passes a Texas Department of Health (TDH) inspection. L'Epicurien produced sausages, pates, terrines and pastries without a license at its Dallas facility. These foods were then sold to restaurants, clubs and gourmet shops in the area.

The terms of the settlement filed with the court also require the payment of $6,900 to the state for attorneys' fees and investigative costs.

The state's lawsuit alleged that L'Epicurien had manufactured food for resale without a license from the TDH, based on inspections in 1997, 1998 and 2000. The company received several notifications that operating without a license was a violation of the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (TFDCA), yet the company failed to comply with the law.

During these inspections, the TDH found moldy products and containers, as well as unprotected ingredients near dripping water in a walk-in cooler. Inspectors also noted that the company did not affix expiration dates on food labels.

The lawsuit was filed last August, following a request from the Texas Commissioner of Health. Assistant Attorney General Ken Kirkpatrick of the Dallas Consumer Protection Division office handled this case.

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Contact: Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees at (512) 463-2050.
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