State revokes license of Parkland maker of rice cakes

Staff reportFebruary 19, 2014 

The state has revoked the food-processing license of a Parkland business that produces traditional Korean rice cakes.

The Department of Agriculture acted after several inspections found sanitation problems at Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food, the agency said Wednesday. The state also fined the company $11,900 and required all products at its facility be destroyed.

As a result of the actions, the company cannot process food at the Parkland location. It has 10 days to appeal and ask the Agriculture Department to reconsider the order, but can’t operate as a food-processing operation during that time.

The agency said inspectors found problems with unsanitary conditions, poor sanitation practices by employees and a “general failure” to protect products from contamination. During the most recent visit, several problems seen during earlier inspections had not been fixed.

The department twice issued orders to suspend the company’s processing license and both times it promised to meet state requirements but didn’t.

The continued violations and failure to pay earlier fines prompted the state to revoke the company’s license.

Consumers who bought Mu Kung Hwa Oriental Food products should dispose of them, officials said. Notices about the license revocation were sent to retail outlets and restaurants that have bought or carry the company’s products.

More information is available at foodsafety@agr.wa.gov or 800-843-7890.

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