Lifesoy Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of ready-to-eat soy products, has been cited by the Food and Drug Administration for preparing, packing and holding articles of food under unsanitary conditions.
The company has entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction in the US District Court for the Southern District of California. The decree requires Lifesoy to stop manufacturing and distributing food products until the company registers with the FDA and complies with federal laws regarding sanitary practices.
Lifesoy manufactures sweetened and unsweetened soy milk, fried tofu, fresh tofu, soybean pudding, and other soy products for human consumption.
"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 Michael Chappell, FDA acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, in a press release. "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."
Lifesoy was first inspected by the FDA in November 2007. The agency attempted to help the company come into compliance with appropriate food safety laws, however Lifesoy failed to comply resulting in this action, the FDA reports. The company received an official warning letter in August 2008, which can be viewed here.
That letter cites a huge range of violations at the facility, including: rodent excreta and urine stains; a lack of soap at handwashing stations; the misbranding of products with multiple inaccuracies in the nutrition labels; and improper temperature control of foods, leading to microbial growth.