Ruiz Food Products Inc. has suspended operations at its 300,000-square-foot factory in Dinuba to take care of a pest problem.
The company, in a statement released Wednesday, said it was working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to address the government’s discovery of beetles, roaches and other insects in or around the Dinuba factory.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is working with Ruiz to remedy the problem.
Company officials said there were no food-borne or product-contamination issues involved.
“Food safety continues to be our highest priority,” said Rachel P. Cullen, president and chief executive officer of Ruiz Food Products. “In keeping with our culture and dedication to Ruiz team members, we are committed to being fully operational as soon as possible.”
This is the second time in several months that the maker of frozen Mexican food has shut down its factory.
In June, Ruiz Food suspended operations during a weekend at its Dinuba facility after food residue was found on a door, which failed to meet federal food-safety and inspection standards.
In June, the plant stopped production at midnight Sunday and by Monday morning inspectors cleared it to resume operations.
The door was in the food-processing area and was removed, sanitized and reinstalled, according to a company news release.
About 850 employees were affected, a company spokesperson said.
Ruiz Food makes products such as El Monterey taquitos and burritos, and other premade Mexican dishes such as tamales, chiles rellenos and empanadas.