The USDA has cleared Foster Farms to reopen after they were shutdown because of an infestation of cockroaches. Saturday the company was allowed to reopen and resume normal operations. The plant in Livingston, CA, was told on Wednesday to halt all operations, after USDA inspectors had spotted cockroaches and other insects for the fifth time in five months.
The USDA gave Foster Farms a “suspension notice” and informed them that they would only be allowed to reopen when the company had come up with plan to eliminate the problem. The plan would need to identify where the infestation had started and put in place a pest-control monitoring program.
The plant in Livingston, along with two other facilities in Fresno were implicated in a salmonella outbreak last year, causing more than 400 people to get sick. Back in October, the USDA threatened to shutdown Foster Farms for high salmonella rates. The USDA allowed them to remain open after Foster Farms promised to use stricter food safety rules. Foster Farms has been subject to a stricter testing plan by the USDA that has yet to produce any results.
The company was never forced to recall any of its products when the outbreak occurred. Raw poultry sold in the United States is allowed to carry a small amount of salmonella under federal regulations.
“USDA Clears Foster Farms To Reopen After Being Infested With Cockroaches”