Three food suppliers in Los Angeles County have been ordered to close due to “significant” outbreaks of coronavirus among their employees, they said on Monday.
S&S Foods at Azusa has a total of 58 employees who test positive for the virus, Mission Foods Corp. there are 40 that have tested positive in Commerce, and Golden State Foods Corp. in the city of industry there are 43 employees with the virus.
Golden State Foods Corp. is one of McDonald’s largest and longest-serving suppliers, and Mission Foods is one of the most popular tortilla manufacturers in the United States.
“They have significant outbreaks among their employees [and] we were not notified as required to be notified once they have their three cases, “public health director Barbara Ferrer told a news conference on Monday. “Our inspector asked them to make some modifications to actually improve their infection control protocols at all three sites.”
Clothing factories, meat processing plants and food processing centers in the county have recently suffered some of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus.
Workplaces, grocery stores and shops and schools in LA County must report outbreaks to the health department after having at least three people who tested positive for the virus.
As of Monday, 245 such sites are listed on the agency’s website, as there are at least three cases, with the largest outbreaks reported at the Smithfield meat plant in Vernon with 220 cases and at the Los Angeles Apparel with 384 cases.
Clothing from Los Angeles was also ordered to close its clothing plant in South Los Angeles on June 27 after four employees died of COVID-19 and inspectors found “gross violations” of the COVID-19 guidelines.
The health department allowed the factory to reopen last week after meeting all necessary mandates. This includes training employees for physical distance, wearing face coatings, and adhering to improved cleaning regimes.
They also began investigating employees for symptoms of COVID-19 – something employees say they have not done before.
“However, I want to be clear, they must continue to follow the requirements,” said District Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, announcing their reopening last week. “We will monitor them to ensure continued compliance. They are required to report any new cases of COVID-19 to our department, and our inspectors will continue to carry out unannounced visits to ensure that infection control measures remain in place. “
Health inspectors visit the plants seven days a week, examining more than 17,000 sites reported to the agency since March for non-compliance with the health officer’s orders, which means limiting the spread of coronavirus.
While most of the businesses investigated were either complied with or worked with inspectors to comply, the health department closed 26 restaurants, a grocery store, a swimming pool and 67 unregulated businesses, including three gyms, to the past. week, according to Davis.
“Our number one priority is to protect the health and well-being of employees, and failure to comply with the renewed safer work order could lead to another exclusion,” Davis said.
LA County reported a total of 176,028 coronavirus cases and 4,375 deaths as of Monday.
All indoor operations should be closed in restaurants, places of worship, gyms, fitness centers, museums, hairdressers, barbers and other personal hygiene services.
Any sector that can be opened must adhere to strict pandemic protocols. They can be found on the health department’s website.
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