Mar-Jac Poultry will contend the citations and $379,800 in penalties issued against it for safety and health violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gainesvilletimes.com reported.

"We have always taken safety seriously, and these citations did not arise as the result of any accident or injury at our plant," Pete Martin, vice president of poultry operations, said in a statement.

G.T. Breezley, OSHA's area director based in Tucker, Ga., said the penalties were imposed after an inspection of the company's Gainesville plant, following a complaint.