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 カリフォルニアで最大級の豆腐製造会社の工場と製品からリステリア菌が検出されたため、先月生産を中止した。創立100年の会社でのリステリア菌発見は今回が初めてではない。かつて1970年代にアジア系米国人市場を超えて豆腐の大衆化に役割を果たした。
 7月にQuong Hop社はhummus, wraps, sandwiches and saladsなど“Raquel’s”ブランド名の90品目のリコールを発表した。
 リステリア症は食物由来の死亡原因の2番目となっている。2007年に豆腐で発見され、“Soy Deli”ブランドの豆腐製品が回収された。食品安全性法違反で告発され2009年10月に訴訟となっている。
 7月の工場検査で多くのリステリア菌が検出され、1日6,000ドルの罰金が科される可能性がある。
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Tofu Maker Is Idled After Recall of Products
By KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI
Published: August 5, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/us/06bchummus.html

画像Outside a padlocked warehouse on Airport Boulevard in South San Francisco, a row of parked trucks bearing the slogan “Quong Hop & Co. quality soy foods since 1906” sit idle.

The company, which is among the largest tofu makers in California, stopped production last month when inspectors found the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes lurking in the factory and food made there, prompting a recall.

“Everything that was at the facility at the time of the investigation is under embargo,” said Patrick Kennelly of the California Department of Public Health.

Quong Hop officials did not respond to requests for comment.

This is not the first time Quong Hop has faced a recall due to listeria, and its problems with the deadly bacteria are putting the 100-year-old company’s future at risk.

Quong Hop was once a family-owned company that helped popularize tofu beyond Asian-American markets, starting in the late 1970s, said William Shurtleff, co-author of “The Book of Tofu.”

At the urging of the state health department, Quong Hop in July issued a voluntary recall of more than 90 products it sells under the brand name “Raquel’s,” including hummus, wraps, sandwiches and salads.

Dozens of Bay Area stores, including Mollie Stone’s and Andronico’s, stock Raquel’s products. They are distributed elsewhere in California, as well as in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. So far, no illnesses have been reported from the recalled foods.

The bacteria can cause listeriosis, a serious illness whose symptoms include fever, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Newborns, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are most at risk. “It’s the second-largest killer due to food-borne illness in the United States,” said Gary Smith, a professor of food science at the University of California, Davis.

In 2007, the company’s “Soy Deli” brand tofu products were recalled after inspectors in Washington found listeria in tofu sold there. The San Mateo District Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit against Quong Hop in October 2009, charging that it had manufactured adulterated food under unsanitary conditions, violating food safety laws. Alleged violations ranged from pest problems to substandard plumbing.

Without admitting wrongdoing, Quong Hop agreed to a settlement requiring it to pay $90,000 and prohibiting future violations of health safety laws.

Yet, inspections at the company’s plant in July uncovered more listeria, prompting the latest recall. “The strategies we’ve employed with this firm have not been effective,” Mr. Kennelly said.

The state health department’s investigation is continuing, and Quong Hop may face civil or criminal prosecution.

If the company is found to have violated the terms of the earlier settlement, it could face fines of up to $6,000 per violation per day, health officials said. The department could also move to revoke the company’s license to operate.

kmieszkowski@baycitizen.org


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