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Monterey County Health Department launches investigation after ag worker gets sick

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE 8/31/17 7:25: The Monterey County Environmental Health director says staff tracked down the workers and contacted the employer. They found out the food was prepared by a permitted and inspected restaurant in Salinas. They couldn't verify the quality or complaints, but say the restaurant was providing the food legally. The director also says they were told management immediately changed the contract for food services to another caterer.

Environmental Health says it will review all food catering services used by this employer and all other employers of H2A workers to ensure all food is prepared at a regulated facility, properly stored and transported.

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These H2A workers, or workers on a temporary visa said some of the meals they've been given have had flies or sometimes they aren't fed at all.

The Monterey County Health Department has opened an investigation after a video circulated the internet where field workers in Salinas described the quality of the food.

One field worker said he had a stomach infection and had to go to the doctor.

The Monterey County Health Department said they've referred the case to the Environmental Health Department and the investigation is ongoing.

 


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