Employee Dies after Falling into Meat Processing Machine at United Premium Foods Plant

July 31, 2023
The victim was a longtime employee of the United Premium Foods facility in Woodbridge, N.J., the company says.

An employee at the Woodbridge, N.J., United Premium Foods plant died Friday after falling into a meat processing machine, according to local news reports. The equipment at the United Premium Foods plant in central New Jersey was in operation during the accident, and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and local authorities are investigating the details that led to the fatal incident.

The employee’s name had not yet been released, but United Premium Foods called the woman a longtime employee of the company. United Premium Foods processes a wide variety of human foods, as well as premium pet foods, and its web site says it offers slicing, packaging, and ready-to-eat capabilities to process items such as sliced Italian meat and other products that require curing, smoking and/or cooking.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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