Friday, June 19, 1998
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald (617) 565-2074
STATEMENT OF THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION ON DECOSTER
OSHA has received a draft copy of the safety and health
consultant's inspection report on DeCoster Egg Farm in
accordance with our settlement agreement with Jack DeCoster.
This 800-page document is not final, and has not been released
to the press. Its conclusions have not yet been verified.
OSHA has just begun to review the report. The process set up
in our settlement agreement with Jack DeCoster is that both
OSHA and DeCoster will provide comments on the draft to the
safety consultant, who will then revise the report if necessary
based upon our input. This process is just beginning.
While the preliminary results have leaked out to the press,
consumers must bear in mind that the conclusions are not final.
OSHA has worked very hard to ensure that the employees of
DeCoster Egg Farm work in safe conditions, and this report is
the first step that will confirm whether or not the hazardous
conditions we cited in our own investigation of the farm have
been corrected. When there is a final report and the conclusions
have been agreed to by all parties, we will release that report to