O.K. Foods has been accused of dumping at least 4,000 gallons of waste from its plant in Oklahoma City into the nearby Campbell Creek.
The company faces a criminal misdemeanor charge of an unpermitted discharge in connection with an alleged unpermitted discharge at the facility earlier in 2017. The charge carries with it the potential of a $25,000 fine per day of violation. The charges have been filed in Oklahoma County District Court.
Pollutants included in the alleged discharge, according to the Oklahoman, include animal fat, dye, flour and cooking oil.
Further-processed poultry products, including chicken nuggets and breaded chicken patties, are produced at the plant, which has been a part of the O.K. Foods operation since 2016.
O.K. Foods’ parent company, Bachoco, purchased the plant and all of its assets from American Foods Group for a price of about $8 million. At the time, Trent Goins, president and CEO of O.K. Foods, called the acquisition of the plant a good addition to the company’s other Oklahoma plants in the cities of Muldrow, Stigler and Heavener.
“O.K. Foods plans to increase the production in this facility, which will allow O.K. Foods to hire even more hard-working employees from the local community.
O.K. Foods, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, produced 13.59 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2016. The company’s brand is Tender Bird.
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