- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia soybean sprout company is being required to suspend operations until it takes steps to prevent bacterial contamination of its products.

A federal judge approved a consent decree Thursday in the government’s case against Henry’s Farm Inc. and its owner, Soo C. Park. The Caroline County company agreed to retain an expert to develop and ensure implementation of a food safety plan. The company also will enlist an independent laboratory to test for listeria contamination.

In a complaint filed last month, the government said Park failed to take corrective action after repeatedly being cited for unsanitary conditions, including standing water and pest infestation. Inspectors also found listeria, which can cause food-borne illness, on work surfaces and in the company’s finished products.

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