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REPORT: Local Tofu Company And Restaurant Shut Down Over ‘Rodents’ And ‘Rodent Feces’

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(CBS Seattle) - A tofu company and restaurant in Seattle’s International District will be shut down over health violations that include repeat offenses involving rodents, according to Food Safety News.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture revoked Chu Minh’s operating license after the company showed no improvement after several warnings by the department as well as the Food and Drug Administration.

According to Food Safety News, the FDA sent a warning letter to the company following an inspection during which the agency noted 16 different types of significant violations. Investigators reported seeing various sanitation issues including rodents (live and dead) and rodent feces in the processing facility. Investigators also noted that pigeons had been sitting on exposed vats of soaking soybeans outside the facility.

Some soybean drinks contained an illegal color additive, according to the FDA.

The most recent inspections were on March 6.

Chu Minh has 10 days to appeal WSDA’s decision, or request any reconsideration of the order, according to the agency.

Anyone who has purchased tofu or any other products from Chu Minh should discard them.

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