Food Maker Faces Serious Violations

Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 04:07 PM gHale


Bluebonnet Foods, L.P. doing business as GoodHeart Specialty Foods Co., is facing $104,000 in fines for 21 serious violations at its San Antonio, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA cited Bluebonnet Foods for 21 serious violations after receiving a complaint about unsafe working conditions.

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The agency cited the company for allowing several electrical, amputation, struck-by and chemical hazards. The employer also failed to establish procedures for the control of hazardous energy sources, to install emergency eyewash stations and provide personal protective equipment, safety data sheets and effective training on chemicals used in the facility.

The investigation falls under the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

“Our inspectors found Bluebonnet Foods exposing its workers to safety and health hazards that they should correct promptly,” said Alejandro Porter, OSHA’s Area Director in San Antonio. “Employers have a responsibility to identify and remedy workplace safety hazards on their own and not wait for an OSHA inspection to deal with them. That kind of approach can get employees needlessly hurt or worse.”

Bluebonnet Foods L.P. produces slow-roasted, fried and grilled meats, sauces and other products for the retail, food service and food manufacturing industries under the Good Heart Specialty Foods brand. It employs 300 employees at the San Antonio location.