Repeated violations force Greenfield food processing plant to close doors

By Ryne Turke on July 23, 2014 at 4:11pm

A Greene County food processing plant cited for repeated violations of the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has had its license revoked.

According to a press release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, 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 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 ceiling in places where meat was stored or processed and holes in the 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.

Officials at the plant had no comment when reached by telephone today.