Major Chinese Food Distributor in the U.S. Operating Under Unsafe Conditions
A major food distributor to Asian restaurants throughout the East and Midwest of the United States was found violating numerous food safety standards according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reports PCT Online. Upon inspection of the warehouse, rodents and other pests were found in close proximity to the food.
According to the FDA, New Yung Wah Trading Co., a Brooklyn, New York-based Chinese Food Distributor, had unsanitary conditions that was detailed on an October 15-30 inspection. There were both live and dead rodents and birds, and pesticides next to stored food products. Rodent feces, urine and nests were also found in and around products and workers were smoking while handling food being prepared for distribution.
On the letter sent to New Yung Wah Trading Co. from the FDA, it stated that the “FDA has serious concerns that our investigators found your firm operating under these conditions”. Just earlier this year, the company was in trouble after police stopped a delivery truck with 150 pounds of spoiled food that was about to be delivered to Chinese and Japanese restaurants. The food was stored at unsafe temperatures and was dripping onto other food causing cross contamination.