BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield food company was told to shut by the Food and Drug Administration nearly a year after Listeria was discovered in sprouts.
Alfred Louie Inc. processes and distributes ready-to-eat soybean sprouts. It also distributes flour, nuts, rice, tea, and spices.
Alfred Louie Inc. is on Shepard Street near District and Stine in southwest Bakersfield.
In February, the FDA warned the company to clean up after an inspector discovered several sanitation problems. Employees were packing sprouts with bare hands, there was dirty machinery, standing water, flies and rodent droppings, the FDA said.
In April, the FDA detected Listeria in some sprouts and throughout the facility.
So far no illnesses have been reported from Alfred Louie products.
Listeria can cause high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and can be fatal.
The owner of Alfred Louie Inc. said he was surprised but the ruling because he has been working with the FDA since April.
He hired a safety consultant and has provided documentation showing that the problems were fixed.