N.C. company's closed chicken plant puts 700 out of work

NORTH CAROLINA - With no date set to reopen a North Carolina company's chicken processing plant shut down by federal inspectors, its 700 idled workers are beginning to seek unemployment benefits.

About 130 of the House of Raeford Farms employees had filed for jobless benefits as of noon Friday, said Jacques Lasseigne, regional manager of the state Labor Department office in Shreveport.

House of Raeford Farms has retained outside consultants to review plant operations, employee training, record-keeping and other related issues.

"Company officials have reiterated their commitment to producing safe, wholesome product in a manner consistent with good manufacturing practices while complying with all regulatory requirements," said a statement released Friday by the head office in in Rose Hill, N.C.

Source: Tuscaloosanews.com
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