West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Fresh Express Romaine Under Recall in West Virginia

8/28/2012
Fresh Express Inc. is recalling a limited quantity of 10-ounce “Hearts of Romaine” after a package of the product yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. The sample was taken as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) random sample testing program, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass, who is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for the now-expired lettuce.

“The use-by date on this particular product is August 23, so it’s unlikely that it is still in stores, but consumers should discard it if they still have it in their kitchens,” Commissioner Douglass said.

He also renewed his call for funding to move the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s (WVDA) outdated food safety laboratories to the Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

“This is another example of the importance of government food safety programs and the technology they rely upon to protect public health,” he said. “The West Virginia Department of Agriculture desperately needs to relocate its laboratories … but we’re still looking for the necessary funding. Although this is an expensive proposition, it is an investment that will pay dividends to the well-being of all West Virginians for many decades into the future.”

The recalled product is identified with a Product Code beginning with “G222” and a Use-by Date of August 23, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the package. In addition, the UPC Code of 71279 26102 is located on the back of the package below the barcode. The product was distributed in limited quantities in 19 predominantly eastern and southeastern states, including West Virginia.

No illnesses are reported in association with the recall, and no other Fresh Express products are being recalled. Customers with questions may contact Fresh Express customer service at 800-242-5472.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection may include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. If it spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck or confusion. The illness is of primary concern to pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. It is rare for healthy adults and children to become seriously ill.

Contact Information

WV Department of Agriculture
304-558-3200