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FDA warnings: Tofu, supplements and fish eggs

Three warning letters recently posted by the Food and Drug Administration cited food safety violations at a tofu production plant in California, a supplement company in Nebraska and a supplier of fish roe based in Peru. Companies that receive FDA warning letters are given 15 days to respond in writing. Failure to make necessary changes… Continue Reading

Meat substitutes: Safer and just as tasty as the real thing?

Portland, OR — On a recent rainy evening, Native Foods Cafe in Bridgeport Village was bustling. Customers crowded around the counter to order burgers, nachos, chicken wings and other dishes, and people were happily digging in after being served. The “Soul Bowl,” a mélange of beans, rice and veggies, had what looked and tasted like… Continue Reading

Owners of Chicago Sprout Business Sign Consent Degree

A soy products manufacturer that agreed to close its doors last November after Listeria contamination at its Chicago facility was associated with several illnesses last summer has accepted a consent degree outlining conditions it must follow if it ever wants to get back in business. Julia and Paul Trinh, individually and on behalf of Wholesome Soy… Continue Reading

Botulism from Home-Fermented Tofu Sickened 2 in 2012

Two customers of a Chinese grocery in New York City likely fell ill with botulism after home-fermenting their tofu in January 2012, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses happened 23 days apart, though investigators found that the patients — both Chinese immigrants — used similar… Continue Reading

Washington State Revokes Tofu Company’s License for Unsanitary Practices

The Washington State Department of Agriculture Monday revoked the operating license of a soy food processor after finding repeated health violations at the company’s facility. The firm, Seattle-based Chu Minh Corp., which makes tofu and other soy-based products, can no longer process or distribute food, and has been fined $17,800 in civil penalties, according to… Continue Reading

Several Food Companies Receive Warning Letters After FDA Inspection

Government warning letters to several food companies were released this week. Food Safety News earlier reported on problem with sprout production at Henrys Farms in Virginia. Other warning letter activity includes: – Chu Minh Corp., doing business as Chu Minh Tofu in Seattle, received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)… Continue Reading

Soybean Sprouts and Tofu Recalled For Listeria

Newark, NJ-based Manna Organics, Inc. on Sunday recalled various soybean sprouts and tofu products listed because they have the potential to be contaminated with potentially deadly Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall. Manna Organics became concerned about possible contamination after random testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture… Continue Reading

NYC Investigating Possible Tofu-Related Botulism Cases

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is investigating one confirmed and one suspect case of botulism and has issued a warning about unrefrigerated fresh bulk tofu, which is the possible but unconfirmed source of the illnesses. New York City has seen only one other case of foodborne botulism in the past… Continue Reading

Pacific Nutritional Foods Agrees to Pay $30,000

Oregon’s attorney general has cracked down on a Tualatin-based manufacturer of soy and tofu products for allegedly selling contaminated food and then surreptitiously pulling it off the market.   Pacific Nutritional Foods Inc. agreed to pay the state $30,000, adopt new practices to prevent contamination, and follow state and federal food safety reporting regulations, in… Continue Reading

Warning Issued to Soy, Tofu Maker

An Oregon tofu and soy-based food company covered up its distribution of products that the processor’s own testing found to be contaminated with microorganisms, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Tualatin, OR-based Pacific Nutritional Foods Inc. did not notify FDA about two contaminated products, including one that might have been “injurious to… Continue Reading