LIVINGSTON, Calif. – On the morning of Jan. 22, Foster Farms resumed operations at its Livingston, Calif., poultry plant following a temporary, voluntary plant shut-down after the discovery of cockroaches at that facility. According to a statement from the company, all plant employees have now been called back to work.
On Sunday Jan, 12, the company imposed its voluntary hold on plant operations to dedicate additional time to ensuring its preventative plan was fully realized with the most effective treatment protocols in place, according to a company news release.
During the shut-down, production was temporarily shifted to Foster Farms’ other Calif., facilities as the company brought full attention to implementing its USDA-FSIS-approved preventative plan at its Livingston facility. Now that all employees are back to work, Foster Farms plans to add weekend shifts and provide overtime to hourly plant employees in the coming weeks.
“Although this has been a challenging time, we remain committed to the highest level of quality and food safety through all aspects of our plant operations and will emerge a stronger company,” said Ron Foster, president of the company.