Photo of a tuna. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Updated: Saturday, 13 Oct 2012, 4:07 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 13 Oct 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods.
The Whittier Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/TmJFyv ) Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.
Erika Monterroza is a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. She says it's unclear how the man ended up inside a cooking device called a "steamer machine."
The state agency has launched an investigation.
Bumble Bee Foods spokesman Pat Menke expressed condolences to Melena's family in a written statement. Menke says operations at the canning facility will be suspended until Monday.
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