RZM Food Factory's owner, William H. Oshiro, has agreed to comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration demands to stop processing and distributing food from the RZM facility in Hawaii, according to an FDA press release. The agreement was solidified through a consent decree of permanent injunction, which was signed and entered in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii Dec. 11.
FDA investigators documented unsanitary conditions at RZM's factory. Following the initial inspection in 2001, Oshiro agreed to change his operations to comply with federal law. However, the FDA continued to find and document unsanitary conditions at the plant in 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2014, leading to the recent injunction, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported. In the most recent inspection, investigators found cockroaches in the plant, lizard droppings and slugs in the sprout growing beds, rain water leaking through the roof and litter throughout the facility.
RZM produced and distributed mung bean, alfalfa, radish and clover sprouts. Sprouts in particularly are often consumed raw, meaning it is essential they are not contaminated when distributed to consumers.
The food manufacturer will be allowed to resume food production when it demonstrates to the FDA that the building, equipment and processes at the site are suitable to prevent contamination and meet all health and safety regulations.