Court order shuts down California tofu manufacturer for food safety violations
Federal authorities have forced a Sacramento, CA soy product manufacturer to shut down operations after FDA investigators documented repeated violations of federal food safety laws.
Last week, the US District Court for the Eastern District of California entered a consent decree of permanent injunction between FDA and Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp. requiring the business to immediately cease manufacturing and distributing food until it comes into compliance with food safety laws. The US Department of Justice brought the action on behalf of the FDA
According to FDA, inspectors observed multiple repeat safety violations at the plant, including inadequate hand washing, improperly cleaned equipment and failure to take necessary precautions to protect against contamination of food and food contact surfaces.
The court order allows Wa Heng to resume operations if it retains an independent expert to develop a pathogen control program, conduct microbial and pathogen testing of the company’s facility, and provide employee training on sanitary food handling techniques.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with Wa Heng Dou-Fu & Soy Sauce Corp.