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Update: 23 Lab-Confirmed E. Coli Cases, 8 Hospitalized in Washington State

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The latest reported case count in the E. coli outbreak in Washington state is 23 lab-confirmed cases, with 8 of those people hospitalized, and another 22 individuals exhibiting symptoms of the infection but whose lab results were not yet available. Most of those sickened are first-grade students from five local school districts who attended a dairy festival… Continue Reading

Update: Queseria Bendita Recall Now Includes All Product Best-By Dates

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Update (Jan. 26, 2015): Queseria Bendita has now expanded the recall to include all best-by dates for its products. This article has been updated to reflect the expansion. Original article published Jan. 17, 2015: Queseria Bendita LLC of Yakima, WA, is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson and Cotija fresh soft cheese products and… Continue Reading

‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Introduced in the Washington State Legislature

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A draft agriculture interference bill, which critics call an “ag-gag” proposal, has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives. The state’s annual legislative session was called to order Monday in Olympia. House Bill 1104, sponsored by state Reps. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) and and J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm), has been all but promised a hearing… Continue Reading

WA State Creamery Recalls Yogurt Due to Improper Pasteurization

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A Washington state creamery has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of its whole milk yogurt because of faulty data recording during pasteurization. Flying Cow Creamery of Rochester, WA, recalled the lot of its whole milk yogurt after a routine inspection by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) revealed that proper time and… Continue Reading

WA Revokes License of Slaughterhouse Following Health Violations

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the license of a slaughterhouse it says has repeatedly failed health inspections. Rickson Vilog, also known as Vilog LLC, of Auburn, WA, was notified of the decision to revoke its license last week after inspectors found continued sanitation violations at the facility, said WSDA. The custom… Continue Reading

Update: Mercer Island Boil Water Advisory Lifted, Restaurants Can Reopen After Inspection

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Update: As of Sept. 29, the boil-water advisory has lifted for Mercer Island. All restaurants should remain closed until receiving a visit from a public health inspector. The city of Mercer Island in Washington state is advising residents to boil their water before drinking, or to use bottled water after samples showed the presences of E…. Continue Reading

WA Firm Recalls Basil Pesto Pasta for Potential Listeria Contamination

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Tj’s Place of Kirkland, WA, has recalled about 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta packed in eight-oz. plastic tubs because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered after routine testing by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria in a container of the product. Tj’s Place has suspended… Continue Reading

WA Firm Recalls Products for Unapproved Canning Procedure, No Permit

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A European-style market and deli in Washington state is recalling all lots of its canned tomato juice and adjika (a spicy dip) produced in its Auburn and Tacoma stores since September 2013. Marvel Food & Deli officials stated that the action was taken “as a precaution for the safety of its customers” because the canning… Continue Reading

GE Labeling Resurrected in California, Petition For Ballot Measure Circulating in Colorado

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California’s 2012 food-labeling ballot measure, rejected by state voters, makes a return from the grave tomorrow with a public hearing in Sacramento. And another state initiative is in the offing in Colorado. Since the narrow loss for the Golden State’s Proposition 37, which called for labeling foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), almost half… Continue Reading

Rice Cake Manufacturer’s License Revoked for Sanitation Problems

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the food processing license of Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food, a producer of traditional Korean rice cakes, after several inspections found on-going sanitation problems. The food maker was also hit with a $11,900 fine and required to destroy all products at its facilities in Parkland, WA. Notices about… Continue Reading