House of Raeford chicken plant shut down for sanitation violations
by Ann Bagel on 4/1/05 for Meatingplace.com
Ongoing sanitation violations at the House of Raeford Farms chicken
slaughter plant in Arcadia, La., have prompted the Food Safety and
Inspection Service district office in Springdale, Ark., to suspend
According to a letter addressed to plant manager Larry Anders
obtained by Meatingplace.com through KSLA-TV, the facility has a
history of failing to comply with existing Sanitation Performance
Standards, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures and the Hazard
Analysis Critical Control Point program dating back to May 2004.
Specific violations include unsanitary employee hygiene and product
handling practices, ceiling leaks, inadequate control of
condensation and unsatisfactory measures to control salmonella and
FSIS spokesman Matt Baun confirmed that operations were suspended at
the plant as of March 28, and the facility is still closed. "The
ball is in the plant's court now," Baun told
Meatingplace.com. "Corrective actions will need to be taken before
operations can be resumed, and we will need to be assured that the
situation has been rectified."
A spokeswoman at the House of Raeford corporate office in Raeford,
N.C., declined to comment about the Arcadia plant.