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California: McCain Foods closes facility responsible for 2018’s largest food recall

McCain’s plant in Colton, California, processed millions of pounds of produce potentially contaminated with listeria and salmonella. In 2018 this affected salads at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, as well as frozen food products sold across the country.

Now, McCain has closed its plant, which had processed the vegetables, including chopped onions, peppers, and roasted corn, and sold them as ingredients to commercial kitchens and food manufacturers all over the country.

McCain announced the plant’s closure on January 11, which, according to a statement from the company, will result in layoffs for 100 employees. In an e-mail to The New Food Economy, Andrea Davis, a McCain spokeswoman, confirmed that the recall influenced the decision to close the plant, but said there were other factors involved.

“The product mix produced at the Colton facility does not support the changing needs of our portfolio,” Davis wrote. “While the recent recall was one consideration, the decision to permanently close the facility was ultimately a business decision.”

It is not clear exactly when the plant will be closed, and McCain representatives could not be reached for further comment by press at this time. 

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