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A Farmer John meatpacking plant has exposed hundreds of its employees to the coronavirus

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 09:39:48-05

Los Angeles, CA. - A Farmer John meatpacking plant in L.A. County is under fire after a massive COVID-19 exposure causes more than 300 employees to get exposed to the virus.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is fining the plant a total of $58,000 for safety violations.

The company's owner, Smithfield Foods of Virginia, says it will appeal the fines because they've done what they can to protect their employees.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said the investigation started after receiving several employee complaints, and they didn't get a satisfactory response from Farmer John.

The company is well known for its hot dogs, sausages, bacon and other products.