Texas Food Producer Ordered To Halt Operations

HOUSTON (April 8, 2013)—A federal judge has ordered a Houston-based producer of egg rolls and other foods to cease operations until it improves products that could be contaminated by "filth,” the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday.

Chung's Products LP, whose products are sold in grocery and large retail stores nationwide, has violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, authorities said.

The court injunction means Chung's cannot process, prepare, package or distribute any of its foods until improvements are made.

The FDA says it conducted inspections over four years and found that shrimp egg rolls may have been rendered "injurious to health."

A complaint the U.S. filed in March 2010 based on the results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspections from 2005 to 2009 said the company was preparing, packing and holding the shrimp egg rolls under unsanitary conditions at the facility in Houston.

U.S. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon found the company had a long history of violating the federal act and failing to control risks of Clostridium Botulinum, "the most potent toxin known to man," in their seafood products and a potentially deadly strain of listeria in their manufacturing environment, the Justice Department said.

Authorities said the company also refused to cooperate with the FDA.

"We will continue to take strong action against those who would risk the safety of the American food supply by manufacturing and storing products under insanitary conditions or flouting important food safety rules," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Stuart F. Delery of the Justice Department's Civil Division.

"The Court's ruling ensures that these defendants will take appropriate steps to ensure that consumers who purchase their foods will receive products that are prepared, packaged and held under sanitary conditions as required by law."

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