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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced in a press release that  Sungwon Inc of Columbia, and the company's president, Sang Ja Lee, have signed a consent decree of permanent injunction, which effectively restrains Sungwon from processing food until it complies with FDA's current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) regulations

Prior to entry of the consent decree, defendants manufactured and distributed ready-to-eat Asian food products, including kimchi and side dishes called ban chan, some of which contain seafood.

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During the agency's most recent inspection (October2010) FDA investigators issued a 15-item list of inspectional observations,, including failure to exclude pests from the food processing area to prevent contamination with bacteria and filth, and failure to have and implement adequate written seafood HACCP plans.

"The defendants," according to the press release, "failed to comply."

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