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USDA fines Wash. grocer $29K for sale of sieves

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SEATTLE — A market in Lynnwood is facing a fine of more than $29,000 for letting undercover government workers use federal food assistance to buy items that aren’t eligible for the program.

To wit: a package of metal sieves, two mortar-and-pestle sets, a box of henna and a teapot, all totaling less than $54.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle this week, JD’s Market argues that the $29,214 fine imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture violates…

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