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.

 West Virginia One of 11 States Affected by Salsa Recall

3/29/2012
Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is warning consumers about a salsa recall affecting 11 states, including West Virginia.

Club Chef LLC is recalling its 12-oz., 16-oz. and 5-lb. salsa products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product is sold in 12-oz. (Private Selection brand name) and 16-oz. (Heinen’s brand name) clear plastic packages and 5-lb. plastic trays (food service distributors) marked with use-by date of 3/27/2012. UPC numbers located on the packages are as follows: Private Selection 12-oz. brand: PICO DE GALLO – UPC# 11111091135; HOT SALSA – UPC# 1111091139; MILD SALSA – UPC# 1111091137. Heinen’s 16-oz. brand: HOT SALSA – UPC# 2060100024; MILD SALSA – UPC# 2060100026.

“Consumers should check to make sure they do not have any of these salsa products as they could cause severe illness, especially in children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems,” said Commissioner Douglass.

The identified product was distributed to retailers and food service distributors on 3/14/12 and 3/15/12. Other affected states include Ohio, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, but consumers should remain cautious. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in an Ohio store which revealed the presence of Salmonella in a case of Jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are one of the ingredients in the salsa.

Consumers who have purchased the salsa products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-859-578-3143, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture
304-558-3200