Quong Hop & Co. recalls tofu because of possible health risk

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September 19, 2007 — /FDA News/ — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco, CA, is recalling all SOY DELI brand tofu with code date DEC 17 2007 and certain varieties of SOY DELI and QUONG HOP brand tofu with code date SEP 23 2007.

The recall includes the following products in the following sizes and code dates:

  • All varieties and sizes of SOY DELI TOFU coded DEC 17 2007
  • 30 OZ SOY DELI NIGARI TOFU coded SEP 23 2007
  • 12 OZ SOY DELI WATER PACK TOFU coded SEP 23 2007
  • 16 OZ QUONG HOP WATER PACK TOFU coded SEP 23 2007

These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection in severe cases can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women. Consumers experiencing any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The recalled “SOY DELI” and “QUONG HOP” brand products are distributed in the Midwest and West coast throughout supermarkets and natural food stores. The date code can be found on the front panel of all the aforementioned products printed in blue ink.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after a routine test by Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 12 oz vacuum pack package of “SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC
NIGARI TOFU.” The company is voluntarily recalling all products produced during the same time period as the sampled product to ensure customer safety.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 650-553-9900.

Web site: www.fda.gov

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