Tainted Soy Deli Tofu Leads to Recall in West, Midwest

September 26, 2007

A South San Francisco company has recalled multiple lots of its Soy Deli-brand tofu after a package tested positive for a bacteria that can cause serious infections in children and the elderly, California health officials said.

Quong Hop and Co. issued the recall after the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria turned up a package of its Soy Deli firm organic Nigari tofu. The company expanded the alert to all tofu products it produced during the same time period as the contaminated sample.

No illness have been reported from any of the recalled products, officials said.

The recall covers all varieties and sizes of Soy Deli tofu with a date code of Dec. 17, 2007; 30-ounce packages of Soy Deli Nigari tofu with a date code of Sept. 23 and Oct. 17, 12-ounce packagers of Soy Deli water pack tofu with date coded of Sept. 23, 2007 and 16-oz. packages of Quong Hope brand water pack tofu.

The products were distributed to supermarkets and natural food stores on the West Coast and throughout the Midwest.

Listeria infection can kill babies and other people with weakened immune systems and cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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