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Greene County meat processor ordered closed over violations

GREENFIELD – A Greene County food processing plant cited for repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has had its license revoked, a state agency said today.

Parks Locker Service of Greenfield, was ordered to close following a July 16 administrative hearing at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building in Springfield.

The administrative law judge presiding in the case issued the revocation order after listening to testimony that department meat and poultry inspectors found 136 violations in the facility from March 24 to June 17 of this year and management was either unwilling or unable to correct the problems.

The violations largely were for unsanitary conditions that endanger public safety. They included instances where inspectors documented water dripping onto meat rails, rust on meat hooks, peeling paint on walls and ceilings in places where meat was stored or processed and holes in floors, walls and doors.

The judge’s ruling takes effect immediately and orders Parks Locker Service to cease “any and all processing and sale of meat or poultry products.” The plant has the right to appeal the decision.

The Bureau of Meat and Poultry Inspection is responsible for administration of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act, which regulates the wholesomeness, labeling and advertising of meat and poultry products. Inspections cover all aspects of intrastate slaughter and processing, from ante mortem inspection to the distribution of products to retailers. Currently, the bureau inspects 243 establishments statewide.

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