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.

 WVDA INSPECTIONS FIND RECALLED EGGS IN 18 LOCATIONS

9/2/2010

Eggs subject to a national recall have been found at 18 locations in West Virginia after Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass asked West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) inspectors to divert from regular duties and focus exclusively on egg surveillance.

“Stores have been very cooperative and either removed recalled product, or told inspectors they had already found and destroyed recalled product,” said Commissioner Douglass. “The likelihood of finding more eggs from this particular recall is rapidly diminishing, as out-of-date eggs are routinely removed from shelves.”

Inspectors have returned to regular duties, he said, such as ensuring that grocery stores keep coolers at appropriate temperatures, “candling” eggs to be sure they meet the grade stated on their cartons, dairy sampling, warehouse sanitation inspections, inspecting aquaculture producers and analyzing feed, seed, fertilizer and lime.

The egg inspection blitz began after routine inspections by the WVDA’s Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division (READ) and consumer calls revealed that recalled product was present in West Virginia, even though officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believed no recalled product had been shipped to West Virginia. READ visited more than 160 stores statewide in connection with the recall.

“What’s important is that our state food safety system worked. Even though we didn’t think recalled product was here, we alerted our inspectors in the field, and in the course of their regular duties they found some of that product,” said Commissioner Douglass.

Numerous large food recalls in recent years have shaken consumer confidence, but Douglass said that overall, the food supply in this country is very safe. However, food-borne pathogens are a possibility even without a recall.

“There is always a chance of encountering a food-borne pathogen. One thing the consumer can control is how they handle food once they get it home. They should store it at the correct temperature, cook it thoroughly and take steps to minimize cross-contamination – these are things they can do to keep themselves safe,” Commissioner Douglass noted.

He said anyone who thinks they are a victim of food poisoning should contact the local health department. Consumers or stores that receive a recalled product at any time should contact WVDA-READ at 304-558-2208.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture protects plant, animal and human health through a variety of scientific, regulatory and consumer protection programs, as mandated by state law. The Commissioner of Agriculture is one of six statewide elected officials in West Virginia. For more information, visit www.wvagriculture.org.

Contact Information

Gus R. Douglass
304-558-3200