Foster Farms voluntarily halts Livingston plant production again

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 12, 2014 

DN Foster Farms

Foster Farms in Livingston (10-16-13) has been taking further preventive measures to reduce Salmonella to maintain a higher than required standard for their products.

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Just a day after resuming operations at its chicken plant in Livingston – shut down by federal inspectors Wednesday because of cockroaches – Foster Farms on Sunday announced it is “voluntarily and temporarily” putting production on hold to expand its “USDA-approved safe manufacturing procedures and monitoring systems.”

In a news release, the poultry company said maintenance employees will remain on the job and the rest of the plant employees will be called back when the plant resumes full operations.

“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 release says.

It says the closure will last several days and Foster Farms “does not at this time have a definitive date for resuming operations. No other plants are affected. Company officials said that no product, packaging or line was in any way affected.”

Production will be shifted temporarily to the company’s Fresno plants.

The release included a statement from company President Ron Foster: “On behalf of my family, I made a commitment to making this right and we are taking every opportunity to ensure the long-term efficacy of our program at this plant. We are confident in the preventative plan and want to take the time to properly implement new measures to our satisfaction. Foster Farms is a company that strives for excellence. We will not resume operations until we are confident that we have the most stringent and effective treatment protocols in place.”

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