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Illinois, USA petfood ingredient manufacturer fined by OSHA

Petfood ingredient manufacturer All-Feed Processing & Packaging Inc. was found in civil contempt of court for failing to allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect its Galva, Illinois, USA, facility from May 4-July 5, 2011.

The manufacturer was fined US$31,000 for contempt and US$10,964.95 in attorney's fees by Senior District Judge Joe Billy McDade of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois for failing to allow inspections at its petfood packaging and research facility. McDade also ruled that the company's actions showed clear evidence that the company knowingly violated warrant requirements issued by the court in May 2011.

"All-Feed Processing & Packaging's continuous failure to allow proper OSHA inspections, along with its history of severe violations, led OSHA to seek court intervention to ensure its workers are safe," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Chicago, Illinois, USA. "We are pleased that the courts have put the workers' welfare first and upheld federal standards requiring employers to allow OSHA access to full-shift inspections to ensure work environments are healthful and safe."

In November 2011, OSHA cited All-Feed for 23 safety and health violations at the facility. In total, All-Feed's fines were US$758,450, which the company contested.

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