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Region 5 News Release: 11-1219-CHI
Aug. 15, 2011
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976      312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Judge orders All-Feed Processing & Packaging in Alpha, Ill., to allow
US Labor Department's OSHA to conduct inspection or pay fines of $500 a day

PEORIA, Ill. – On Aug. 12, Magistrate Judge John Gorman of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois has ordered All-Feed Processing & Packaging Inc., headquartered in Alpha, to allow the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect its facilities during normal working conditions or face significant fines.

After finding the company in contempt for failing to allow OSHA to inspect its pet food research and packaging facility in Galva, the judge imposed a daily fine of $500 that began on May 4. The fines against the company will be purged once OSHA is allowed to conduct full-shift monitoring of employees' exposure to dust and noise under normal plant operating conditions without interference. In any event, the company is responsible for paying court costs and attorney fees.

"All-Feed Processing & Packaging's continuous failure to allow proper OSHA inspections, along with its history of severe violations, has led us to seek court intervention to ensure that its manufacturing facilities are safe for workers," said agency Regional Administrator Michael Connors in Chicago. "Employers have a responsibility to provide appropriate equipment and training to protect workers from respiratory hazards, and to ensure work environments are healthful and safe."

Following a January inspection, OSHA's Peoria Area Office cited the company for four willful and one s