BRF re-opens Brazil plant hit by Covid-19
By Dean Best, Just-Food
19 May 2020
BRF, the Brazil-based supplier of meat products and prepared foods, has re-opened a factory closed amid concerns over Covid-19.
The company, which owns brands including Seara and Qualy, said operations at the plant, located in the southern Brazilian city of Lajeado, had resumed after a local court ratified an agreement between the business and state health officials.
On 8 May, a court in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul ordered BRF to close the facility in a bid to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in the country's southernmost state. At the time, BRF told just-food it would seek to "reverse" the ruling "or to seek a consensus alternative" for the resumption of operations at the facility.
In a fresh statement, BRF said the agreement with state health officials "reinforces the company's commitment to the best practices, already adopted in its operational context, with a focus on people's health, integrity and safety, especially within the Covid-19 scenario".
just-food asked BRF if it had agreed to implement any new health-and-safety measures at the facility. In the statement, BRF said...