Mars Petcare has informed the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry that the company will be laying off 53 workers by the end of the year as a result of the decision to close the plant.
The Everson facility produced Pedigree dog foods, as well as a number of store brands, including Ol' Roy, Wegman's and Red Flannel. Mars Petcare recalled the entire 2008 year-to-date production from this plant in September, after two new cases of Salmonella Schwarzengrund were reported, and the same strain of the bacterium was found in the plant environment.
The company had suspended production at the Everson plant in July, after receiving reports of the new Salmonella Schwarzengrund illnesses. A Mars Petcare spokesperson explained that the company decided it was best to close the plant permanently once management realized that the source of the recurring Salmonella Schwarzengrund contamination could not be traced.