FRIONA, TEXAS — Approximately 103 workers with Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI) were notified by Cargill that as of Jan. 11, it would no longer use its sanitation service at the company’s Friona beef plant, according to KFDA.

In April 2023, Cargill announced it would terminate its contracts with PSSI following the investigation by the Department of Labor that accused PSSI of child labor violations.

“Cargill notified PSSI that we would be terminating all contracts for sanitation services in early 2023, a company spokesperson told MEAT+POULTRY, a sister publication of Supermarket Perimeter. “In alignment with our commitment to people and food safety, our transition to alternate solutions is a process which takes several months.”

In 2023, PSSI was issued a $1.5 million fine after the DOL claimed that at least 102 workers from 13 to 17 years of age were employed to clean meatpacking plants.

PSSI did not respond to a request for comment regarding the Friona notice.