JBS USA halts production at Pa. beef plant

Meatingplace, By Tom Johnston on 11/8/2017

JBS USA on Tuesday halted production at its Souderton, Pa., beef plant to get a pest problem under control, a spokesman told Meatingplace.

Pests seen around the perimeter of the facility prompted the move, Cameron Bruett said. The corrective plan will entail boosting pest control in non-production areas, as well as addressing on-site repairs and structural upgrades that will require minor construction.

“These voluntary actions will enhance our quality control efforts and improve our service capabilities for key customers,” Bruett said.

The problem hasn’t affected product produced at the plant, and the company has USDA approval to resume operations there, he noted.

“We believe the decision to impose a production halt is consistent with our commitment to the highest food safety and quality control standards, and the right thing to do,” Bruett said.

The temporary halt will not impact the plant’s workforce, and the facility is expected to be fully operational on Nov. 14.