Processing Magazine

Ann Arbor soy bean processor under scrutiny for unsanitary conditions

March 29, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The U.S. Department of Justice has requested a permanent injunction against an Ann Arbor food processor, accusing it of processing tofu and soy milk products under unsanitary conditions, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Justice Department said Rosewood Products, which processes soy beans from Ohio into food products for shipment to Minnesota, has failed to prevent employees from handling food products with bare, unclean hands, clean surfaces that come into contact with food or ensure that the plant is equipped with adequate sanitary facilities.

The problems were uncovered in three state or federal inspections since 2010.

The company’s owner, Phil G. Ye, disputed the charges.

“All of our conditions here are very good,” Ye said.