Foster Farms Livingston, Ca. Chicken Plant Closed due to Cockroach Infestation
Federal authorities shut down a Central California chicken processing plant after inspectors discovered it was infested with cockroaches.
KABC reports the Foster Farms plant in Livingston, 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Modesto, was ordered temporarily closed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after cockroaches were found there on five separate inspections over the past four months.
FSIS deputy district manager Abdalla Amin attributed the closure order to “egregious unsanitary conditions” which he claimed may have tainted poultry products produced at the plant.
KTVU reports the closure comes three months after inspectors threatened to shut down the 250,000 square foot (23,226 square meter) plant due to salmonella problems there and at two other Foster Farms locations in Fresno. Those plants remained open after the company said it would improve safeguards and issue recalls of affected products.
Foster Farms released a statement on Wednesday claiming food safety is the company’s “highest priority” and that “no other facilities… [or] products are affected.”