Foster Farms California poultry plant closed due to cockroaches

A salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people has been linked to raw chicken produced at three Foster Farms facilities in California.

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A salmonella outbreak that has sickened several hundred people has been linked to raw chicken produced at three Foster Farms facilities in California.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Foster Farms poultry processing plant in Livingston, Calif., Wednesday, saying it was infested with live cockroaches, which can pose a threat to public health, NBC News reported.

The closure comes during already high scrutiny of the plant and two other Foster Farms plants in California after two salmonella outbreaks in the past year that have affected over 400 people across multiple states, according to NBC.

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In a statement from Foster Farms shared by ABC Wednesday, the company said they temporarily stopped operations at the Livingston chicken production facility to allow for “enhanced sanitizing to take place.”

"The plant treatment took place this afternoon and the company expects to fully resume operation once approved for inspection by FSIS," Foster Farms said in the statement. 

Foster Farms also said “a series of new, multi-step processes for salmonella control have been developed by the company with the input of national food safety experts.”

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