Area snack food workers cheated out of pay, U.S. says

Federal regulators say two investigations have found that the snack foods company that makes SuperPretzels and ICEE drinks cheated temporary production line workers out of wages, federal investigations have found.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that J&J Snack Foods Corp. paid more than $2.1 million in back wages and damages to nearly 700 temporary workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The labor department found that the company and the temporary staffing firms it used denied minimum wage and overtime pay to 677 workers.

A spokesman for J&J didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

The workers made products including frozen Minute Maid juice bars and Country Home Bakers goods at facilities in Swedesboro, New Jersey, and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

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