*Quick! Throw that chicken you just bought in the trash. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, as of Wednesday, Fosters Farms has been shut down!
The Livingston, Calif. plant, which is 25 miles southeast of Modesto, is one of three Foster Farms facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 416 people nationwide since last March. The other two are in Fresno.
The sites were threatened with closure last October because they had unsanitary conditions.
Promises were made by Foster Farms, who said they would clean up their act and incorporate new measures to reduce instances of salmonella contamination. With this, a new plan was produced by the group and U.S. officials allowed them to stay open.
But apparently their actions were not enough.
Yesterday, this statement came from the USDA.
“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.
Foster Farms said Wednesday’s shutdown would enable the company to mitigate the infestation.
“The plant treatment took place this afternoon and the company expects to fully resume operation once approved for inspection,” Foster Farms said.