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updated: 5/23/2014 6:06 PM

Tamale plant closed over rodent droppings

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METAMORA, Ill. -- State officials have shut down a western Illinois tamale plant after finding what they say were unsanitary food-handling conditions.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture said Friday that an administrative law judge ordered Art's Tamales in Metamora to close on Wednesday.

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The department says it sought an order to close Art's after finding rodent droppings on numerous occasions over the past year. The department says the company hadn't corrected the problem.

A telephone message left with Art's Tamales by The Associated Press on Friday was not immediately returned.

Art's Tamales has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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