Foster Farms Calif. Plant Shut Down Due to Cockroach Infestation

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at a Foster Farms poultry plant Wednesday because of a cockroach infestation.

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A package of Foster Farms chicken shown for sale in a cooler at a grocery store on Oct. 9, 2013. The U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three Foster Farms chicken processing plants in California after nearly 300 people in 17 states have become sick due to an outbreak of salmonella. (Credit: Getty Images)

The plant, which is located in Livingston, Calif., 25 miles southeast of Modesto, was one of three Foster Farms facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 416 people nationwide since last March.

“Our inspectors wrote several noncompliance reports for insanitary conditions at the plant and then took the action to suspend today,” Adam Tarr, a spokesman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said in an email Wednesday.

The Livingston plant, as well as two other processing facilities in Fresno, was threatened with closure last October because of unsanitary conditions.

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