LIVINGSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down a Central California chicken plant after federal inspectors found it infested with cockroaches.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service ordered a temporary closure of a Foster Farms facility in Livingston which carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday.
FSIS deputy district manager Abdalla Amin wrote to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster that the closure came after that inspectors found cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over the past four months, including at a hand-washing sink early Wednesday.
Amin said the action was carried out based on "egregious insanitary conditions" which he said may have tainted products at the facility.
Foster Farms said Wednesday that food safety is "its highest priority" and shut down the Livingston facility immediately for "sanitation and treatment" for the incidents dating back to September.
"No other facilities are affected. No products are affected. Product production has been transferred to the company's other facilities," the company said.