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Illegal Erith tofu factory shut down by Bexley Council

PUBLISHED: 11:56 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:57 04 April 2014

An illegal tofu factory has been closed down after its operators were caught twice breaking the law.

The business trading as Soy, in Hailey Road, Erith, was first visited by council officers on March 18.

During that visit, it was discovered the unregistered property was operating against the law and the production process was found to be unhygienic and poorly maintained.

The owners were ordered to stop production immediately which they did and the food destroyed.

However, last week officers again visited the factory and after being unable to enter they applied for an entry warrant.

With the help of the police, they entered to discover evidence food production still going on.

Councillor Gareth Bacon, cabinet member for environment and public realim, said: “This is a fantastic result for the team. The illegal production of food stuffs is incredibly dangerous.

“The thought that food made in these illegal and completely inappropriate conditions could have found its way into our residents shopping is horrifying.

“Our food safety team worked swiftly and efficiently to make sure that this premises were closed.”

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