In this file:
· JBS Grand Island facility operating at full capacity
· Beef production in Canada a 'top priority' amid pandemic, says association
· Brazil's JBS, Minerva mull slaughterhouse suspensions - statement, sources
JBS Grand Island facility operating at full capacity
The Grand Island Independent (NE)
Mar 18, 2020
The Independent requested a statement from JBS in response to questions about the plant the paper has received in the past few days:
“Our Grand Island beef production facility is open and operating at full capacity. As a food company, we recognize and embrace the important role we play in making sure people have access to safe, quality food as we collectively face the coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge.
The U.S. Government has identified the food supply as a critical infrastructure industry and has stated we have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules on behalf of the Nation. We take this responsibility seriously.
We continue to closely monitor the coronavirus situation in the communities where we live and work. We have implemented several measures, including travel and visitor restrictions, enhanced sanitation efforts, and heightened heath protocols and worker benefits to protect the health and well-being of our team members.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of those affected by COVID-19 and salute the health care professionals who are tirelessly working to protect us all. We also thank everyone who...
Beef production in Canada a 'top priority' amid pandemic, says association
Michael Franklin, CTV News (Canada)
March 18, 2020
CALGARY -- Albertans left staring at empty shelves in grocery stores throughout the province should rest assured that beef production in the province is running at 100 per cent capacity at some facilities.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world, many people are stocking up on whatever necessities they can to ensure they can weather a 14-day isolation if needed.
One of the hardest-hit areas in grocery stores, particularly in Alberta, has been the meat section where everything but a few packages of products have been sold out.
JBS Canada, the company that runs the beef production facility in Brooks, Alta., says that plant is running at "full capacity" to meet the food needs of Canadians.
"As a food company, we recognize and embrace the important role we play in making sure people have access to safe, quality food as we collectively face the coronavirus (COVID-19) challenge," the company said in an email to CTV News. "We take this responsibility seriously."
Meanwhile, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA) says it is working with the federal government to make sure beef production is maintained in Canada.
"Ensuring Canadians have continued access to high-quality and nutritious beef products is a top priority in these discussions," wrote CCA president Bob Lowe in a statement Wednesday. "There are no fundamental changes to the export and import of food and livestock related to the COVID-19 outbreak."
The CCA also says all beef producers should follow all of the policies set out by the federal and provincial governments.
Measures at Brooks production plant ...
No reports of COVID-19 in livestock ...
Brazil's JBS, Minerva mull slaughterhouse suspensions - statement, sources
Reporting by Nayara Figueiredo; editing by Jane Wardell, Reuters
March 16, 2020
SAO PAULO, March 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian meatpackers JBS and Minerva Foods are considering suspending operations at some slaughterhouses in Brazil due to supply chain issues from China, JBS and sources close to Minerva said on Monday.
JBS said it had been monitoring the coronavirus implications for the market and noted that “it is evaluating the implementation of collective holidays exclusively in some of its bovine processing units in Brazil.”
The company, which also operates in chicken, pork and processed foods, did not detail in its statement which plants might be suspended for operations.
Market sources said the changes were likely to affect other companies in the sector…
Brazil's Minerva halts production at four plants amid coronavirus crisis
Reporting by Nayara Figueiredo Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Reuters
March 17, 2020 / 8:41 AM / a day ago
SAO PAULO, March 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian meatpacker Minerva SA will place workers on paid leave at four domestic plants as it adjusts production capacity amid fallout from the new coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday.
The workers will be placed on leave starting next Monday, the company said, adding that operations will be halted for between 10 and 15 days depending on the plant. Two of the units affected by the measures…