Carthage food production facility temporarily closes

Ajinomoto Foods, Carthage, June 2020

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Ajinomoto Foods temporarily closes its plant in Carthage after four employees test positive for COVID-19.

Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc., the company that owns and operates the food production facility, released the following statement to KOAM:

“Yes, we temporarily shut down our Carthage plant yesterday due to coronavirus issues.  We recently became aware that four of our employees in Carthage tested positive for COVID-19. The last day any of these employees worked was June 12.  We conducted a thorough contract trace and have notified all employees who were in contact with these individuals.  But in light of the current uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area, and in order to protect the health and safety of our employees and the community, we decided to temporarily shut down the plant.  This shutdown will give us a chance to do a deep cleaning of the facility and will allow our employees to separate and shelter at home.  We hope to reopen as soon as possible once we feel comfortable about our employees’ safety.  All eligible employees will be provided paid leave through our COVID Care Paid Time program.  We are also coordinating closely with the local health department.”