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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Korean Rice Cake Manufacturer Closed Due to Poor Sanatation

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 at the Pierce County business.
In addition to revoking the company’s license to process food, WSDA assessed a cumulative civil penalty of $11,900 against the company and required all products at the facility in Parkland to be destroyed. Notices about the license revocation have been sent to all known retail outlets and restaurants that have purchased or carry Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food products.
As a result of these actions, the company cannot process any food at this location.
This enforcement action follows several visits to Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food during which WSDA inspectors found problems with unsanitary conditions, poor sanitation practices by employees, and a general failure to protect food products from contamination. During the most recent visit, inspectors noted several problems that were observed during earlier inspections had not been addressed.
Consumers who purchased Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food products are advised to dispose of them. For questions, contact WSDA at foodsafety@agr.wa.gov or 800-843-7890.


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