The food processing companies were fined for not having enough inventory to meet the state’s inventory requirements, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
A federal judge has approved the payments.
The Food and Drugs Administration is the agency responsible for overseeing food safety.
In November, a federal judge ruled that the fines imposed on two companies were too small.
The government appealed, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has said that the state has a stronger case.
The two companies that were fined received the cash, but the other two companies haven’t received any payments.
It’s unclear whether the Food & Drug Administration will pursue the companies.
The state of Washington is not the only state to be fined by the federal government for not meeting its inventory requirements.
In April, the California Food &infosec Bureau fined a food processing manufacturer $858,000 after it had an inventory problem.
More: The food processing industry has been under fire from some quarters since the Great Recession began.
Last year, a government watchdog group said the industry was responsible for over 5,400 food-borne illness cases in the United States, including more than 30 deaths.
“We have to get back to business as usual,” said Logan M. Hickey, president of the National Restaurant Association, a trade group.
But the Food Industry Coalition of the United Food &aftecs said that many of the companies that the group represents have taken some money from the government to pay off their debts.
A food processing plant at the former headquarters of the American Medical Products Corp. in Fresno, Calif., was fined by a federal court for its inability to meet state inventory requirements for two years in November.
For more on the food processing and food safety industry, check out This Week in Food and Agriculture, which includes the Food Safety and Nutrition Council, the Food and Water Watch and the Food & ; Drug Institute.