Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Monday, March 5, 2001

CORNYN ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH DALLAS FOOD MANUFACTURER OVER UNSANITARY CONDITIONS

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of a final judgment and agreed permanent injunction against Dallas Calco, Inc., a/k/a Eastern Tofu, ("Calco"). Calco is a food manufacturer that distributes food to Asian restaurants and markets in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Calco produces various kinds of tofu, soy bean spouts, mung bean spouts, soy bean beverages, egg roll skins, lo mein noodles, and wanton wrappers.

The State sued Calco in October alleging that it was operating in unsanitary conditions and had failed to correct repeated violations noted by the Texas Department of Health (TDH). The State alleged that these violations occurred at Calco's facility on Justin Avenue. After the State filed suit, Calco voluntarily ceased food production at the Justin Avenue facility. Calco resumed operations at a new facility on Barge Lane after TDH had determined that the unsanitary conditions had been corrected.

The judgment includes a permanent injunction against Dallas Calco and requires the payment of $50,000 in civil penalties, costs of inspections, and attorneys fees to the State. This settlement was filed in the 134th District Court in Dallas County. The permanent injunction prohibits Dallas Calco from operating in unsanitary conditions and specifically requires Dallas Calco to:

  • protect against the entrance and presence of rodents, insects, and other vermin on the premises;
  • protect food from contamination while being stored and contained on the premises;
  • keep equipment, utensils, and other food-contact surfaces clean, sanitized, and in good repair;
  • provide adequate hand-washing facilities for its personnel; and
  • establish and implement standard operating procedures for vacuum-packaging food.

TDH referred this case to the Office of the Attorney General. The settlement was made after a determination by TDH that appropriate repairs and corrections were made that addressed the violations alleged in the State's lawsuit.

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Contact: Mark Heckmann, Tom Kelley or Jane Dees Shepperd at (512) 463-2050.
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