HANFORD, Calif., Aug, 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was released by Central Valley Meat, following the USDA's acceptance of the company's action plan and clearance to re-open:
"Sunday afternoon, the USDA informed us that it has accepted our action plan and we are free to reopen. With the announcement of that decision, Central Valley Meat will resume operations Monday morning and welcome our employees back to work.
Central Valley Meat is a family-run business with deep roots in this community, and we're especially thankful that our 450 hard-working men and women can finally return to their jobs. The Central Valley is proud of the role it plays in putting food on America's tables, but our area is under great economic pressure. We're experiencing double-digit unemployment, and the one-week federal closure of our facilities put an even greater strain on our community.
We have worked closely with both inspectors and industry experts while developing our USDA-approved action plan. As a result, Central Valley Meat will provide better training for our workers, better monitoring of our facilities, and more frequent third-party audits of our operations. We believe these measures will establish a new industry standard for the handling of animals.
For decades, Central Valley Meat has provided the country with safe, high-quality, US beef. We look forward to getting back to work and continuing to help feed America."
SOURCE Central Valley Meat