8.27.2012 Costa Pleased Central Valley Meat Co. to Resume Normal Operations, Employees Back to Work

FRESNO, CA- Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announcement ending the suspension of inspection at Central Valley Meat Co., Inc, thus allowing the plant to resume operations today.

“At a time when we should be preserving and creating as many jobs as possible, I am pleased the almost 500 employees of the Central Valley Meat Co. can go back to work today,” Costa said. “The United States Department of Agriculture and the Coelho family must be commended for acting expeditiously to address the issues at the plant.

“The management and employees at Central Valley Meat Co. took action to respond positively to meet their commitment to comply with the law,” Costa added. “I am confident that Central Valley Meat Co. will maintain its commitment and build a stronger business as they move beyond this situation.”

Since learning of the investigation last week, Costa made restoring normal operations at the plant his top priority and spoke daily with officials at USDA and management at Central Valley Meat to achieve this resolution so the nearly five hundred employees in Hanford and Kings County could get back to work.