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Read the Report: USDA Shuts Down Foster Farms Plant in Livingston

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Production was stopped Wednesday at the Foster Farms fresh chicken production facility in Livingston after, a report says, live cockroaches were found on site.

A notice of suspension was served by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday morning.

The report shows that inspectors found the live bugs on Tuesday and Wednesday on a sink and a plastic tub, which were either in contact with—or in close proximity to—the chicken products.

It adds that cockroaches were also found in September, November and December,  but no action was taken then.

In one case, inspectors say they found cockroaches next to the sanitizer dispenser box.

The report goes on to read, "Foster Poultry Farms failed to maintain sanitary conditions at its establishments."

Foster Farms has issued the following response:

"This morning, Foster Farms temporarily stopped operations at its Livingston, Calif., fresh chicken production facility to allow for enhanced sanitizing to take place. The plant treatment took place this afternoon and the company expects to fully resume operation once approved for inspection by FSIS.  Food safety is Foster Farms' highest priority and the company took action immediately upon learning of any concern. This is an isolated incident; no other company plants are affected. Today's treatment is expected to fully resolve this incident.

No other facilities are affected. No products are affected. Product production has been transferred to the company's other facilities.

Each day, FSIS inspectors must approve each facility prior to beginning operation. Since September of 2013, FSIS identified a total of five cockroaches in our 250,000 square-foot Livingston plant. The company aggressively addressed each instance to the full satisfaction of the FSIS. A single incident is not acceptable, and we are committed to a zero tolerance policy."


This is the latest setback for Foster Farms.

The poultry giant avoided a shutdown in October, despite a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. 

That outbreak sickened more than 400 people in 23 states. 

The company submitted plan to correct exposures to the illness, in order to keep its facilities open.

This time around, it has been ordered to:

 

  • identify the cause of pest problems
  • provide a pest control program
  • define future monitoring activities
You can read the entire report, courtesy of Lynne Terry at The Oregonian by clicking here.

 

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