FDA Shuts Down Rice Noodle Company for Unsanitary Conditions

The United States Food and Drug Administration obtained a consent decree and permanent injunction against Kun Wo Food Products Inc., a San Francisco rice noodle manufacturer, and its co-owners, for violations of federal food safety laws.  According to the complaint filed with the consent decree, FDA inspections at Kun Wo in 2015 and 2016 found unsanitary conditions in which noodles may have become contaminated. Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono) was found in the environment, and the company’s rice noodles were also at risk of contamination from Bacillus cereus, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus.  According to the FDA, investigators observed employees touching food without cleaning their hands after handling dirty machinery and equipment, and that the company failed to take adequate measures to protect food against the risk of contamination from other sources, including pests and condensation. [5/10/16]