Woodland Hills importer faces charges in salmonella case

first_imgA Woodland Hills-based food importer is facing criminal charges for improperly labeling and selling 4,000 pounds of sesame seeds tainted with salmonella, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced today. The charges against Woodhouse Commodities and its president Oded Kenan stem from a shipment of 840 50-pound bags of sesame seeds imported from India. Woodhouse imports nuts, spices, dried fruit and seeds for bakeries and food processors. Delgadillo said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration randomly selected the shipment for testing when it arrived at the Port of Los Angeles in 2006. Authorities allege Woodhouse transferred the bags to distributor BakeMark for sale before test results were completed. The bags tested positive for salmonella. Woodhouse tried to have the tainted bags returned, but 80 bags had already been sold to restaurants and casino hotels in Las Vegas, Delgadillo said. “Because of their foul-ups, 4,000 pounds of salmonella- contaminated sesame seeds were unleashed on Las Vegas residents and tourists,” Delgadillo said. The rest of the bags were returned and irradiated to kill the salmonella, officials said. But then Woodhouse allowed six irradiated bags to be released for sale without a label warning not to irradiate the bags again – which could expose eaters to unsafe levels of radiation, officials said. Woodhouse and Kenan each face one court of an adulterated food violation and one count of misbranding. Woodhouse did not immediately return calls for comment. —————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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