State revokes license of traditional Korean rice cake business in Pierce County

Staff reportFebruary 20, 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.

The company cannot process food at the Parkland location and has 10 days to appeal to the Agriculture Department.

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

Reached Wednesday, a co-owner of the company did not want to comment.

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