After two Salmonella outbreaks (sickened over 500) linked to its plants that caused no shutdown, and an infestation of cockroaches (sickening zero) that caused a shutdown, according to today’s Foster Farms press release, Foster Farms resumed operations at its Livingston, Calif., poultry plant this morning, Wednesday, Jan. 22. All plant employees have been called back to work. The company put a voluntary hold on plant operations Sunday, January 12, to dedicate additional time to ensuring that its preventative plan was fully realized with the most effective treatment protocols in place.
Production was temporarily shifted to Foster Farms’ other Calif., facilities during this time as Foster Farms brought full attention to implementing its USDA-FSIS-approved preventative plan in Livingston. With all employees now back to work, Foster Farms expects to add weekend shifts and provide overtime to hourly plant employees in the coming weeks.
Foster Farms President Ron Foster commented, “Although this has been a challenging time, we remain committed to the highest level of quality and food safety through all aspects of our plant operations and will emerge a stronger company.”
What about the sickened consumers? And, where did the cockroaches go?