A factory in Brazil has been ordered to stop producing food packaging material after a study showed that some of its products were contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The report, issued by the Federal Council of Public Health, found that some products were sold at a price tag that exceeded what consumers could afford.
According to the report, the plant in Queretaro, Brazil, produced more than 5,000 tons of the material for the last two years, with some products costing customers more than $1,000 a ton.
The study found that the production facility was not licensed and that there was no standard process for testing products before they were sold, the council said.
According, the report was the result of the commission of investigation into the facility, which is now in the process of being shut down.
The Council said the company had been importing materials for more than 40 years, but that the contamination issue is not related to its production.
It said that it was not clear whether the company has any legal liability to its customers, and that the company could face sanctions.
“It is important that the authorities ensure that the health of the public is not at risk,” the council added.
The World Health Organization said that the plant’s production of food packaging materials has been a problem for years.
The agency said it was working with local authorities to find a solution for the affected customers.
“In particular, we are urging the company to stop its production of E.coli-contaminated food packaging,” WHO spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
“As a precautionary measure, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is also asking all suppliers of food- and drug-related products to halt their production.”