The Bakersfield, Calif.-based bakery equipment supplier Bakerschutz has been awarded a $5 million contract to provide equipment for ESPNU’s Food Network’s Food Bowl.
The company’s president, Jeff Chorak, said in a statement that the contract is one of the largest of its kind and that the company will work closely with the network to provide quality product for the viewers and sponsors.
Chorak said the contract will also provide new jobs in the Bakers field.
Bakerschutz has been the focus of a national media and food safety investigation after it was implicated in a deadly outbreak of salmonella bacteria in October.
The outbreak led to the closure of a number of Bakersfields restaurants and resulted in the death of seven people.
Chu is the latest company to be put on notice by the network that it may face a lawsuit for not providing the necessary equipment.
The investigation into the bakery chain was launched after the death in October of a worker who had been working in the bakery.
It resulted in a federal investigation and the shutdown of Bakingchutz’s operations.
In a statement, ESPN said the bakery was not involved in any salmonellosis outbreaks in the past.
In addition to Bakerschiutz, the network said that it had a $3 million contract with the Boston-based Cane, a company that supplies bakery equipment.