SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (October 13, 2012)--A 62-year-old employee was cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods, authorities said.
Jose Melena was found shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs.
Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said 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 said operations at the canning facility will be suspended until Monday.