Judge Orders "Unsanitary" Illinois Tamale Plant To Close

Inspectors say Art's Tamale management failed to correct the problem

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    An Illinois food processing plant that makes tamales had its license revoked this week because of "unsanitary conditions."

    A judge ordered Art's Tamale, located in Metamora outside Peoria, to close after Illinois Department of Agriculture inspectors found rodent droppings in the plant "on numerous occasions" in the past 12 months. 

    Inspectors said Art's Tamale management failed to take corrective action after several warnings.

    An IDOA complaint accused the plant of "preparing, packing or holding product under unsanitary conditions where it may become contaminated with filth and of failing to have in place a pest control management program to prevent the harborage and breeding of pests."

    Art's Tamales has 30 days to appeal the ruling once it receives the judge's written order.

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