Soy company agrees to shut down

by Jeff Gelski
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SAN DIEGO — Lifesoy Inc. will stop manufacturing and distributing food products until the company registers with the Food and Drug Administration and complies with federal laws regarding sanitary practices, according to a consent decree of permanent injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Lifesoy, based in San Diego, made sweetened and unsweetened soy milk, fried tofu, fresh tofu, soybean pudding and other soy products for human consumption.

A government complaint alleged Lifesoy did not hold and store the foods under proper refrigeration conditions to prevent the growth of microorganisms. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller entered a consent decree of permanent injunction on June 2 against the company and its owner, Long H. Lai. As part of the decree, Lifesoy must retain a qualified sanitation expert with no personal or financial ties to the company.

The expert must implement a written sanitation program to assure operations comply with Good Manufacturing Practices.

The F.D.A. then will need to approve the sanitation program and re-inspect the facility before the company may reopen.

A phone number for Mr. Lai was out of service.

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