Central Illinois food processing plant loses license

SPRINGFIELD - After being cited for repeated violations of the state's Meat and Poultry Inspection Act, a central Illinois food processing plant has had its license revoked.

According to Illinois Department of Agriculture officials, Parks Locker Service of Greenfield was ordered to close after a Springfield hearing on July 16.  Department meat and poultry inspectors told an administrative law judge that between March and June, 136 violations were found at the facility.

Violations that were found included rust on hooks, peeling paint where meat was being processed, and water dripping onto meat rails.

Company officials have been asked to stop "any and all processing and sale of meat or poultry products."  The Department of Agriculture says the plant has the right to appeal the decision.

The judge's ruling takes effect immediately.

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