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Foster Farms chicken plant closes again after cockroach cleanup

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:37 a.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014

LIVINGSTON, Calif. » A California chicken farm that reopened over the weekend after it was shut because of a cockroach infestation says it's "voluntarily and temporarily" suspending operations again.

Foster Farms said Sunday it was closing the plant in Livingston for several days so it can properly implement new food safety measures. The company said in a statement that it is "exercising vigilance" and dedicating additional time to ensure its preventative plan is realized.

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 company says no chicken product was affected.

The plant closed Jan. 8 when inspectors found the cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over four months. That closure came three months after inspectors threatened a shutdown because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno.

Those facilities stayed open as the company agreed to improve safeguards. It also issued no recalls of products and instead advised consumers to handle chicken properly and to cook it thoroughly.

The company said in its statement on Sunday that maintenance workers will remain on the job during the voluntary closure. Other workers will be called back once full operations resume. The company also said it has temporarily shifted production to its other plants in California's Central Valley. Foster Farms spokeswoman Karmina Zafiro declined to elaborate on the statement.

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busterb wrote:
They shoulda just let live chickens in there for a couple days, pau.
on January 13,2014 | 07:51AM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
I doubt it. Those chickens are so unnaturally fat from all the chemicals, they couldn't even stand up, let alone peck for cockroaches. Modern poultry producers have figured out how to grow the chicken's muscle and meat much quicker than nature but not so much the bones.
on January 13,2014 | 08:07AM
Skyler wrote:
Sad but true.
on January 13,2014 | 09:00AM
false wrote:
Again!? Remember couple months ago when people were falling sick from Foster Farms chicken? They refused to recall any of their chicken stating that it wasn't just them, it was the entire chicken industry... so they chose not to do anything. Yup, I remember that. I now only buy 50th State chicken, and I do hope it is safer.
on January 13,2014 | 08:24AM
Poplm wrote:
Health qualities of chicken in spotlight after FDA says import of Chinese chicken OK. Soon our food will be supplied from a cheaper global market.
on January 13,2014 | 08:43AM
Skyler wrote:
Heh.. Chicken a la Cock-a-Roach... want fries with that?
on January 13,2014 | 08:58AM
Skyler wrote:
geez try again...since the SAdMoDbOt™ doesn't know a (ock from a cockroach

Chicken a la cockroach... want fries with that?
on January 13,2014 | 08:59AM
Roosevelt wrote:
Double the protein - no extra charge
on January 13,2014 | 03:19PM
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