FOSTER Farms announced Jan. 12 that it will voluntarily and temporarily hold operations at the Livingston, Cal., fresh chicken production facility after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) reported a repeat infestation of live cockroaches.
FSIS originally announced on Jan. 8 that it issued a suspension notice to the Livingston plant for insect activity at the hand washing sink across from an inspection station. The notice also stated that, at the time of inspection, slaughter operations were in progress, and exposed product was present on the kill floor.
Additionally, cockroach activity had been reported three other times at the Livingston plant prior to the January inspection.
The facility was immediately sanitized and treated upon receipt of the notice.
Foster Farms decided to continue to keep the plant closed even after USDA's reinspection of the facility approved the sanitization and treatment.
"The company is exercising vigilance and choosing to dedicate additional time to ensuring that its preventative plan is fully realized with the most effective technology and treatments available," Foster Farms said in a statement.
Foster Farms also confirmed that no product, packaging or lines were affected.