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Coronavirus US: Outbreaks force 3 LA food suppliers to close

Three Los Angeles food suppliers, including McDonald’s biggest provider, is forced to close due to COVID-19 outbreaks that have resulted in 140 employees testing positive

  • The businesses forced to close include McDonald’s supplier Golden State Foods Corp in Industry, S&S Foods in Azusa and a Mission Foods facility in Commerce
  • Golden State Foods, which is one of the largest and suppliers to McDonald’s, had 43 cases linked to its facility 
  • Mission Foods, one of the most popular US tortilla makers, had 40 cases and S&S Foods, a restaurant meat provider, had 58 confirmed cases
  • The closures were announced on Monday by Los Angeles County health director Barbara Ferrer 
  • She said the suppliers failed to comply with operating protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic and did not notify health officials of the outbreaks

Three food suppliers in Los Angeles, including McDonald’s biggest provider, have been ordered to shut down due to large-scale COVID-19 outbreaks that have seen more than 140 workers test positive.

The businesses forced to close include McDonald’s supplier Golden State Foods Corp in Industry, S&S Foods in Azusa and a Mission Foods facility in Commerce.

The closures were announced on Monday by Los Angeles County health director Barbara Ferrer who said the suppliers failed to comply with operating protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ferrer said the businesses had more than 40 cases each but did not report the outbreaks to health officials like they are required to.    

McDonald’s supplier Golden State Foods Corp in Industry (above) was among the three forced to shut down. The business had 43 coronavirus cases linked to its facility

Los Angeles County reported 2,039 new cases on Monday, bringing its total number of infections to 176,028. Meanwhile, 17 new deaths were reported Monday, bringing the county's death toll to 4,375

Los Angeles County reported 2,039 new cases on Monday, bringing its total number of infections to 176,028. Meanwhile, 17 new deaths were reported Monday, bringing the county’s death toll to 4,375

Golden State Foods, which is one of the largest and suppliers to McDonald’s, had 43 cases linked to its facility. 

Mission Foods, one of the most popular US tortilla makers, had 40 workers test positive. 

S&S Foods, a restaurant meat provider, has 58 confirmed cases. 

‘They have significant outbreaks among their employees. We were not notified, as we’re required to be notified, once they had their three cases,’ Ferrer said. 

‘Our inspector asked them to make some modifications to really enhance their infection control protocols at all three sites’ 

The 141 cases will be added to the list of workplaces that have had more than three confirmed cases. 

There are currently 245 businesses on the list with 3108 employees testing positive.

It comes after about 375 employees at Los Angeles Apparel’s garment manufacturing facilities tested positive for COVID-19.  

Mission Foods, one of the most popular US tortilla makers, had 40 workers test positive

Mission Foods, one of the most popular US tortilla makers, had 40 workers test positive

S&S Foods, a restaurant meat provider, has 58 confirmed cases

S&S Foods, a restaurant meat provider, has 58 confirmed cases

Four of those employees have since died.

The facility was forced to shut down on June 27 but was given permission to reopen last week.

Los Angeles County reported 2,039 new cases on Monday, bringing its total number of infections to 176,028.

Meanwhile, 17 new deaths were reported Monday, bringing the county’s death toll to 4,375.

‘It has been 145 days since the COVID-19 public health emergency was declared in Los Angeles County. These past 145 days have given us time to learn a lot more about COVID-19 – how to coexist with it as we await development of treatments and vaccines, and how to slow the spread to give our health system a fighting chance of treating those who fall seriously ill,’ Ferrer said. 

‘We must drive compliance, containment, and collaboration efforts that will move with us into the long-term recovery that we all want to see happen as soon as possible. 

‘There is mounting evidence that these strategies work. The task in front of us is to be able to thread the needle so that we continue with our recovery journey while protecting the health and well-being of our residents, our workforce and our community. We have to do both.’ 

The 141 cases will be added to the list of workplaces that have had more than three confirmed cases. There are currently 245 businesses on the list with 3108 employees testing positive

The 141 cases will be added to the list of workplaces that have had more than three confirmed cases. There are currently 245 businesses on the list with 3108 employees testing positive

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