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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

Fight Against Widespread Seafood Fraud Joined on State, Federal Levels

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“It is unlawful to knowingly sell or offer for sale at wholesale or retail any fresh, frozen, or processed food fish or shellfish without identifying for the buyer at the point of sale the species of food fish or shellfish by its common name, such that the buyer can make an informed purchasing decision for… Continue Reading

Gap Closing on GMO Labeling Vote in Washington, But Will It Reverse?

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A number of news organizations in Washington state and nationwide have already called the vote against I-522, the state’s ballot initiative for labeling food from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But since the vote was called late Tuesday night, the gap has closed by four percentage points, from a 55-45 percent spread to 53-47. The Yes… Continue Reading

Washington State’s GMO Labeling Initiative Appears Headed for Defeat

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With all of Washington state’s counties reporting in late Tuesday night, voters appear to be turning down ballot initiative I-522, which would require labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The complete vote results may not be available until December, but nearly 1 million voters have already turned down the initiative by 55 percent… Continue Reading

GMO Labeling Battle in Washington State Off To Familiar Start

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Nobody is calling it “Little GMO” after California’s “Big GMO” yet, but Initiative 522 in Washington State looks like it is on the same track as the Golden State’s ill-fated Proposition 37. Except it has a shot at winning. In 1990, when the two states ran similar environmental initiatives they became know as “Big Green”… Continue Reading