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USDA shuts down Foster Farms due to roach infestation
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The Livingston Foster Farms plant was closed today by the USDA due to a cockroach infestation. - photo by Journal file photo

The Livingston Foster Farms plant was shut down today because of a live cockroach infestation, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Foster Farms narrowly avoided a shutdown in October due to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that was traced to three Central Valley plants. Foster Farms submitted a corrective action plan for the three implicated facilities, one in Livingston and two in Fresno, which was approved by the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service. Several new safety controls were implemented at that time, according to the company.

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