A ceramic tile company in Maryland said Friday it is stopping production of ceramic tiles for use in ceramic tile kitchen counters.
The company, Ceramic Tile, made ceramic tiles in Maryland from 1976 to 1987, and the tiles were sold in a variety of ceramic tile categories, including tile for the kitchen and dining areas.
But in April 2018, the company received a cease-and-desist letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying it violated the agency’s anti-fraud regulations by making ceramic tiles with the potential for contamination.
The letter from FDA inspectors said Ceramic tile has been in use since 1980, and that the company did not have the authorization to make ceramic tile.
Ceramic Tile says it plans to continue to make ceramics in its manufacturing facility in Owings Mills, Md., and in its Baltimore plant.
The FDA said Ceramics tiles are “not adulterated with another substance.”
In a statement, Ceramic Tile said it has taken “immediate and effective measures to ensure that the tiles we manufacture comply with FDA regulations.”