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For immediate release:
March 11, 2013
Contact: Hector Castro
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, Washington
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Seattle tofu company loses food processing license, fined
OLYMPIA — The Washington State
Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the food
processing license of Chu Minh Corp., which produces
tofu and other soy products, after several inspections
found on-going sanitation problems with the Seattle
In addition to revoking the company’s
license to process food, WSDA also assessed a civil
penalty of $17,800 against the company and required all
product at the facility to be destroyed. Notices about
the license revocation have been sent to all retail
outlets and restaurants that have purchased or carry Chu
As a result of these actions, the
company cannot process any food at this location. Chu
Minh has 10 days to appeal and request agency
reconsideration of the order, but it cannot operate as a
food processing operation during that appeal period.
This enforcement action follows several visits to
Chu Minh where WSDA inspectors consistently found
problems with unsanitary conditions, poor sanitation
practices by employees, pest infestations and a general
failure to protect food products from contamination.
During the most recent inspection on March 6,
inspectors noted many of the same problems observed
during earlier inspections.
Food Safety and Consumer Services Division typically
tries to work with businesses to correct problems when
violations of the state food production and handling
requirements are discovered. When these education
efforts fail to improve conditions, WSDA has the
authority to suspend licenses or assess civil penalties.
In this case, WSDA had twice issued orders to
suspend Chu Minh Corps.’ processing license. Both times,
the company signed settlement agreements in which they
promised to meet food processing requirements. The most
recent agreement was in October 2012.
the continued violations of food processing standards
and the failure to fully pay earlier fines associated
with previous violations led to the decision to revoke
Chu Minh’s food processing license.
who purchased Chu Minh products are advised to dispose
of them. For questions, contact WSDA’s Food Safety and
Consumer Services Division at
email@example.com or 800-843-7890.
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