• Rich Klein

OSHA Confirms 'Inspection' Ongoing At Hudson Valley Foie Gras Following Fatal Accident

LIBERTY - The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration on June 20 opened an "inspection" of Hudson Valley Foie Gras here following the workplace accident a day earlier that killed Gerardo Contreras Garcia of Mongaup Valley.


Ted Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for OSHA, confirmed to The SullivanTimes on Thursday that the Albany-area office of OSHA was leading the investigation.


He said in an email that:


  • OSHA’s Albany Area Office opened an inspection at HVFG on June 20 in response to a fatality. The inspection is ongoing.

  • The inspection’s purpose is to determine whether or not there were any violations of workplace safety standards in connection with this incident.

  • OSHA doesn’t discuss the specifics of ongoing inspections but can inform you of the outcome when it’s finished.

  • OSHA has up to six months to complete its inspection. It’s too early to estimate a completion date for this inspection.

  • The OSHA inspection process and possible outcomes are summarized here: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/factsheet-inspections.pdf.

The SullivanTimes reported last week that Troop F of New York State Police responded to the emergency and called it "a tragic accident."


A source familiar with the situation who did not want to be identified said that Garcia drowned on the site of the facility after being sucked into a sewer line. That has not been independently verified. A GoFundMe link has been started by Garcia's family. Meanwhile, the company has joined a lawsuit filed recently in an attempt to block New York City from implementing a law that bans foie gras.


  • OSHA’s Albany Area Office opened an inspection at HVFG on June 20 in response to a fatality. The inspection is ongoing.

  • The inspection’s purpose is to determine whether or not there were any violations of workplace safety standards in connection with this incident.

  • OSHA doesn’t discuss the specifics of ongoing inspections but can inform you of the outcome when it’s finished.

  • OSHA has up to six months to complete its inspection. It’s too early to estimate a completion date for this inspection.

  • The OSHA inspection process and possible outcomes are summarized here: https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/factsheet-inspections.pdf.

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