The Closure of A Farm Giant
The Food Safety and Check up Service ordered a temporary closure of your Foster Farms facility in Livingston which carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday.
FSIS deputy district manager Abdalla Amin wrote to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster how the closure came after that inspectors identified cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant within the last four months, including at a new hand-washing sink early Wednesday.
Amin said the action was carried out based on "egregious insanitary conditions" which he said could possibly have tainted products at the facility.
Foster Farms said Wednesday which food safety is "its highest priority" and turn off the Livingston facility immediately for "sanitation and treatment" for that incidents dating back to Sept.
"No other facilities are affected. No products are affected. Product production may be transferred to the company's different facilities, " the company said inside a statement.
The company said it keeps a pest control program.
The plant about 25 miles southeast of Modesto is expected to reopen soon.
The temporary closure comes 90 days after inspectors threatened a shutdown due to salmonella problems at the Livingston grow and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno.
Those facilities stayed open because company agreed to improve safeguards. It also issued no recalls regarding products and instead advised consumer to manage chicken properly and to make meals it very thoroughly.
The company's CEO said in October how the salmonella outbreak caused sales to drop about 25 %; they normally are about $2. 3 billion 1 year.
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