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OSHA National News Release
U.S. Department of Labor
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 the public.
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