Work at Foster Farms plant suspended after cockroaches found

The Modesto BeeJanuary 9, 2014 

Federal inspectors suspended processing at the Foster Farms chicken plant Wednesday because of a cockroach infestation that raised concerns about human health.

The company said only five cockroaches were found in the massive plant over the past four months, but it carried out “enhanced sanitizing” Wednesday and expects it to reopen soon. It also said no products have been affected.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service ordered the temporary closure, just three months after threatening the same thing because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno. The plants stayed in operation after the company, one of the Northern San Joaquin Valley’s largest employers, agreed to improve its safeguards.

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