Raquel's hummus maker scolded by FDA for filth, mold in production facility

Maker of Raquel's hummus warning by FDA over filth and mold.
Maker of Raquel's hummus warning by FDA over filth and mold.

Quong Hop & Co., a San-Francisco-based maker of the Soy Deli, Soy Fresh and Raquel's brands of tofu and hummus, has been reprimanded yet again by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to appropriately sanitize its manufacturing facility. The tofu and hummus maker was warned that it must clean up its act or prepare to be permanently shut down after further contamination was discovered.

Quong Hop allowed mold to take hold of ceilings and walls in its processing rooms, according to the warning letter sent by the FDA. The metal pipes used to transfer hummus from the mixer were also encrusted with dried food, and employees routinely used rusty equipment and utensils, which they merely rinsed but did not properly wash and sanitize later.