USDA balks at Foster Farms By Pat Forgey Feb 01, 2005 - 07:32:04 am PST Print this story Email this story Foster Farms employees in Kelso spent the weekend wondering if they'd be able to return to work Monday after federal inspectors were pulled from the plant last week, but by Sunday the plant was cleared to reopen, said Steven Cohen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service. "That plant is now fully operational," he said Monday. Foster Farms chicken-processing plants need to have federal inspectors in the plant to keep their crucial USDA certifications. The Food Safety Inspection Service notified the Kelso plant Friday that it would not do inspections until the company improved its plans to prevent product contamination. The Food Safety Inspection Service had demanded the revised plans Jan. 21 after three weeks of auditing the plant's food-handling procedures. When the plans weren't done Jan. 28, the agency notified Foster Farms that inspectors would be pulled from the plant until
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