EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSJackson Plant Shut Down For Rodent Issue
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 6:35 PM EDT
Jackson , Jackson County , Ohio
A rodent problem is to blame for one of Jackson County, Ohio's biggest employers temporarily shutting down.
Bellisio Foods in Jackson confirms it has suspended operations for an issue they are resolving with the USDA.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture tells us the issue involves mice, and the company is working with the USDA and pest control specialist.
Folks who live near the plant are anxious for things to get up and running again.
"I wish that they could get this under control because this is a very very important industry to this locale because there are very few places in southern Ohio, especially in Jackson that is now operating," Randy Parks said.
The company released the following statement Wednesday afternoon to Eyewitness News:
“Bellisio Foods has temporarily suspended operations at its Jackson, Ohio, manufacturing facility to address an issue stemming from the receipt of non-food materials from a supplier. Bellisio Foods is working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to quickly resolve the issue and expects to resume operations in the next few days. The situation does not involve any food safety issues or worker safety concerns. In keeping with our commitment to high quality assurance standards, we are taking extra precautions to resolve the issue.”
Bellisio Foods manufactures items like Michelina's frozen meal products.
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