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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.

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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