Foster Farms Plant Shuts Down Day After Reopening

Foster Farms said Sunday it was closing the plant in Livingston for several days so it can properly implement new food safety measures.

Monday, Jan 13, 2014  |  Updated 10:27 AM EDT
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Work had resumed Saturday after Foster Farms announced that it met the demands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by performing a thorough cleanup and treatment of the plant.

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The  Foster Farms plant that was shut down because of a cockroach infestation Wednesday says it's "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending operations a day after calling employees back to work.  

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Foster Farms said in a statement Sunday it was closing the plant in Livingston, Calif., for several days so it can properly implement new food safety measures.
 
"The company is exercising vigilance and choosing to dedicate additional time to ensuring its preventative plan is fully realized with the most effective technology and treatments available," the statement read.
 
 
"Foster Farms expects this closure to be brief, lasting several days, but does not at this time have a definitive date for resuming operations," the statement also read. "No other plants are affected."
 
Work had resumed Saturday after Foster Farms announced that it met the demands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by performing a thorough cleanup and treatment of the plant.

The plant closed Jan. 8 when inspectors found the cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over four months.

The closure came three months after inspectors threatened a shutdown because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno. 

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