Houston egg roll factory shut down due to 'filth'

Published On: Apr 09 2013 06:53:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 06:00:00 PM CDT

April 9, 2013: A federal judge has told Chung's Foods that it must cease production of its products because of various health hazards inside its factory. Amy Davis reports.


A federal judge is forcing a Houston-based company to stop making egg rolls for grocery stores across Houston and the country.

Investigators said shrimp egg rolls coming from a third ward plant could make consumers sick. Inspectors called the facility "filthy." They said the factory was so unsanitary that they worried about the egg rolls containing listeria and botulism. 

When Local 2 stopped by the facility Monday, an exterior gate was locked, but there were employees on site.

Local 2 learned that in Texas, the egg rolls were sold at Albertsons, Brookshire, Brookshire Bros., Fiesta, Food Town, Foodarama, Kroger, Lowes, Market Basket, Randall's/Tom Thumb, Sellers Bros., Super Target, United Supermarkets and Walmart Supercenters.

After the FDA filed a formal complaint, Judge Melinda Harmon entered a permanent injunction against Chung's Products on Monday to stop it from "receiving, processing, preparing, packing, holding and distributing food from Chung's Houston-based facility or any other facility" until the business cleans up the plant.

This action comes after multiple inspections by the FDA at the plant from 2005 through 2009 where the FDA said Chung's failed to cooperate with inspectors and correct the problems.

No one at the FDA would answer Local 2's questions about why the egg rolls were not recalled or removed from store shelves if conditions inside the plant were so dangerous.


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