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Friday, October 16, 2009

Longtime Local Tofu Maker Quong Hop Fined for Past Food Safety Violations

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 11:01 AM

click to enlarge A recent inspection of the South City plant revealed no violations. - MEAVE/FLICKR
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  • A recent inspection of the South City plant revealed no violations.
The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that local tofu manufacturer Quong Hop & Co. is being fine $90,000 for past violations of food safety laws. Quong Hop & Co.'s tofu products show up under labels for Soy Deli, Soy Fresh, Raquel's, and Melissa's. The company, which has been making tofu since 1906, has a facility on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco. Officials allege a failure to maintain sanitary conditions there, such as pests having easy access to food processing areas. If true, a definite double eww! Though a Quong Hop & Co. facility inspection last week didn't uncover any new violations, problems were found in 2007 during Department of Health inspections. At that time, Quong Hop issued a recall of some of its tofu products after detecting the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes -- Soy Deli Nigari white tofu and bulk tofu were among the items recalled. Listeria monocytogenes can seriously effect the health of the young and generally frail, as well as people with weakened immune systems, and in some cases can be fatal. There's no evidence of anyone becoming sick from eating the company's products.

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