Washington (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Michigan has granted a permanent injunction against a company that makes and sells ready-to-eat organic tofu and soy milk products to businesses in Michigan and Minnesota.
The company -- Ann Arbor-based Green Hope LLC dba Rosewood Products -- and its president Phil G. Ye allegedly violated numerous Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules since 2009.
According to the complaint filed and announced by the Department of Justice, FDA inspectors found food was not stored properly, employee cleanliness issues were not addressed, waste water was in contact with tofu during processing, and all food-contact surfaces and equipment was not cleaned.
Contamination of the company's food products is a possibility as a result of these violations.
To resume operations, Green Hope must develop and implement sanitation control programs and allow FDA inspections to the facility to assure compliance is in order with the consent decree, the Food and Drug and Cosmetic Act, and applicable regulations.
Structural repairs must be made to Green Hope's facility to protect against contamination of raw ingredients, in-process and finished foods, containers, and packaging materials.
"This company has a long history of not complying with federal statutes and regulations intended to protect the public health," said Stuart F. Delery, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division. "Consumers expect, and deserve, that their food be safe to eat, and the Department of Justice will continue to take enforcement action against food manufacturers whose conduct can endanger public safety."