FDA shuts down production at Lifesoy

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 10th June 2010

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has filed an injunction to stop production at US soy product manufacturer Lifesoy amid claims the company has violated safety rules.US District Judge Jeffrey Miller entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against the company, and its owner, Long H. Lai, permanently restraining Lifesoy and Lai from manufacturing and distributing food products until the company registers with the FDA and complies with federal laws regarding sanitary practices.

Lifesoy produces sweetened and unsweetened soy milk, fried tofu, fresh tofu, soybean pudding, and other soy products for human consumption. The US government’s complaint further alleges that Lifesoy did not hold and store the foods under proper refrigeration conditions to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

“Today’s action shows that the FDA will seek enforcement action against companies that continue to violate federal laws designed to protect the safety of the nation’s food supply,” said FDA acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs Michael Chappell. “Food facilities such as Lifesoy are required by law to register with the FDA and follow current good manufacturing practices and other laws, including maintaining a sanitary facility.”

As part of the decree, Lifesoy must retain a qualified sanitation expert to develop and implement a written sanitation programme to assure that the operations comply with current manufacturing practices.
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