Illinois shutters processing plant
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Agriculture revoked the license of Parks Locker Service, Greenfield, Ill., citing repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act.
The state agency ordered Parks Locker Service to close following a July 16 administrative hearing. State meat inspectors testified that 136 violations were found in the facility from March 24 to June 17 and that management was either unwilling or unable to correct the problems. An administrative law judge later issued a revocation order.
"The violations largely were for unsanitary conditions that endanger public safety," the agency said in a statement. "They included instances where inspectors documented water dripping onto meat rails, rust on meat hooks, peeling paint on walls and ceilings in places where meat was stored or processed and holes in floors, walls and doors."
The judge's ruling takes effect immediately. Parks Locker Service can appeal the decision.