Nine Food Packing Facilities in Vernon Report Coronavirus Outbreaks

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Nine food packing facilities in the city of Vernon have reported coronavirus outbreaks among their employees, and the largest outbreak is at a Farmer John meat packing plant.

The plant is operated by Smithfield Foods, known for manufacturing the famous Dodger Dog. 

At that facility, 153 employees, out of a total 1800, tested positive for COVID-19 from March to May. Of those who tested positive, 41 have returned to work.

NBCLA reached out to Smithfield Foods and the company pointed to its website, where a video shows all of the measures the company has taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including temperature checks, personal protective equipment and free testing to all employees. 

Eight other facilities in Vernon have had COVID-19 outbreaks:

  • CLW
  • Vie De France Yamazaki Inc
  • Cal Farms Meat Company
  • Takaokaya USA Inc
  • F. Gavina & Sons Inc
  • Golden West Trading
  • Overhill Farms
  • Rose and Shore

The facilities include food manufacturers, coffee roasters, bakeries and they are all within a mile radius of each other.


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The Los Angeles Public Health Department says it is closely monitoring these outbreaks and will conduct contact tracing and review the plans put in place by these facilities.

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