Forget Veganville: Seattle tofu company loses food processing license, fined $17,800

Tofu should be made fun of, as Justin Timberlake did on Saturday (Night Live).

But not when tofu has the potential to make people barf.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the food processing license of Chu Minh Corp., which produces tofu and other soy products, after several inspections found on-going sanitation problems with the Seattle business.

In addition to revoking the company’s license to process food, WSDA also assessed a civil penalty of $17,800 against the company and required all product at the facility to be destroyed.

Notices about the license revocation have been sent to all retail outlets and restaurants that have purchased or carry Chu Minh products. 

As a result of these actions, the company cannot process any food at this location. Chu Minh has 10 days to appeal and request agency reconsideration of the order, but it cannot operate as a food processing operation during that appeal period.

  • Molly

    Why should tofu be made fun of? For a food safety reason?

    Justin Timberlake is a vegetarian. I think the obese, hopelessly antiquated meat man is being made fun of more than the energetic, attractive, culturally relevant tofu man. You also chose a YouTube version of this skit that cuts out before the last minute in which the meat man admits how disgusting meat factory farming is and it’s implied that he converts to vegetarianism and starts dancing with the tofu dude.

    http://youtu.be/IlVtZY_so0w

  • Molly

    Why should tofu be made fun of? For a food safety reason?

    Justin Timberlake is a vegetarian. I think the obese, hopelessly antiquated meat man is being made fun of more than the energetic, attractive, culturally relevant tofu man. You also chose a YouTube version of this skit that cuts out before the last minute in which the meat man admits how disgusting meat factory farming is and it’s implied that he converts to vegetarianism and starts dancing with the tofu dude.

    http://youtu.be/IlVtZY_so0w

  • Molly

    Why should tofu be made fun of? For a food safety reason?

    According to a quick Google search, Justin Timberlake appears to follow a vegetarian or mostly vegetarian diet. I think the obese, hopelessly antiquated meat man is being made fun of more than the energetic, attractive, culturally relevant tofu man. You also chose a YouTube version of this skit that cuts out before the last minute in which the meat man admits how disgusting meat factory farming is and it’s implied that he converts to vegetarianism and starts dancing with the tofu dude.

    http://youtu.be/IlVtZY_so0w

  • Molly

    I keep getting an error message when I try to post. I don’t know if my comments are getting through at all, but if they’re appearing multiple times please feel free to keep the last one and delete everything else.