WAYZATA, MINN. — Cargill Inc. announced it officially cut ties with Packers Sanitation Services Inc. (PSSI) after the sanitation service provider was accused of child labor violations.

After terminating all contracts with the sanitation company, Cargill said it is looking to alternate solutions that do not compromise its commitment to people and food safety.

“To be clear, while allegations settled between PSSI and the Department of Labor did not involve any claims of misconduct against Cargill, we will not tolerate the use of underage labor within our facilities or supplier network,” April Nelson, a spokesperson for Cargill, said. “Cargill is steadfast in ensuring fair and equitable labor practices for all employees that work in our facilities and holds all third parties to the highest ethical standards.”

In December 2022, JBS USA ended its cleaning contract with PSSI at its Grand Island, Neb., and Worthington, Minn., beef processing facilities.

An investigation into PSSI began in August 2022 when the DOL received information alleging the company assigned minors to work in hazardous environments.

The agency cited PSSI for illegally employing over 30 persons from the ages of 13 to 17 to work in hazardous occupations.

PSSI released a statement to MEAT+POULTRY, Supermarket Perimeter's sister publication, in November, saying it has zero tolerance for any violation of its company-wide prohibition against employment of anyone under the age of 18.

Earlier in April, PSSI announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, effective April 24. Tim Mulhere will succeed Dan Taft, who is retiring after 24 years with the company.

At the time of the personnel update, PSSI announced a new charitable fund that seeks to enhance the wellbeing of children. The fund begins with $10 million for legal aid, education, poverty reduction and health services.