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Foster Farms facility reopens after cockroach infestation

Jan. 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM

LIVINGSTON, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A Foster Farms poultry plant in California has reopened after being closed for several days due to a cockroach infestation, agriculture officials said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered the plant in Livingston, Calif., closed Wednesday after a fifth cockroach sighting in as many months. The plant is one of several linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened some 400 people, the (Portland) Oregonian reported Saturday.

Company officials pleaded with the USDA, which had threatened to shut down the entire operation along with two other Foster Farms facilities, and offered a plan to rid the building of roaches for good.

Neither Foster Farms or the USDA released details on what the company is doing to address the infestation.

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