Chelsea meat purveyor Kayem Foods Inc. halted production yesterday, among the first of many area businesses expected to be affected by a break in a pipe that pumps water to the greater Boston area.
Kayem officials are working with authorities to test the company’s water supply and do not plan to resume production or ship meat until the water is safe, said Matt Monkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Kayem. The company makes the Fenway Frank and supplies deli meats to area supermarkets.
“If we can’t begin production again on Monday, during our peak season, it could be trouble for us,’’ Monkiewicz said. “To lose a day of production would actually impact our ability to fill orders.’’
Preparing for the worst, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce e-mailed 1,500 members yesterday to warn them about a boil-water notice issued by Governor Deval Patrick, said spokeswoman Erin Murphy. Paul Guzzi, the chamber’s president, is in “close contact’’ with Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, she said.
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