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·         Alberta beef plant returning to two shifts per day after COVID-19 outbreak

·         JBS resumes processing chickens at COVID-19-affected plant in Brazil



Alberta beef plant returning to two shifts per day after COVID-19 outbreak


The Canadian Press

via The Globe and Mail - May 20, 2020


BROOKS, Alta. | The JBS beef-processing plant in southern Alberta was planning to return to two shifts a day on Thursday for the first time in a month.


The company had reduced operations at the plant to one daily shift of between 700 and 1,100 employees after some tested positive for COVID-19 and others did not show up for work.


JBS Canada spokesman Rob Meijer said the company has implemented more than 100 safety measures at the plant since January, including temperature tests of all workers entering the plant, providing and requiring face masks, and physical partitions on production lines.


“We have been working closely with public-health and labour officials each and every day to implement rigorous risk mitigation practices throughout our facility,” Mr. Meijer said Wednesday in a release.


“It is important to note that the move back to two shifts will not increase the number of employees in the facility at any one time. We will continue to make all decisions based on the best available data and advice from both our team members and public-health officials.”


Alberta Health said Wednesday that 650 workers at the JBS plant have tested positive for COVID-19 and one has died. Eleven cases remain active and 638 employees have recovered.


The JBS plant managed to remain open at a time when Cargill temporarily shut down its beef operation in High River, Alta., for two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak that saw 951 infections and two deaths. Alberta Health says 943 people have recovered. Six cases remain active.


The two plants together process about 70 per cent of Canada’s beef.


The Alberta government delayed the first phase of its economic reopening plan in both Brooks and Calgary because of the continued threat of infection in the two cities.


The United Food and Commercial Workers union represents workers at JBS and Cargill. It said its members are afraid...





JBS resumes processing chickens at COVID-19-affected plant in Brazil

JBS SA has resumed operations at its Passo Fundo plant.


The Poultry Site

22 May 2020


Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA said on 21 May that operations at its plant in Passo Fundo, in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, were allowed to resume after the facility was closed by authorities due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.


Reuters reports that slaughtering resumed on Wednesday 20 May. The plant that has the capacity to process 320,000 birds per day, the company said in a statement. It had been closed since 24 April.


The company said it has "promoted a rigorous screening process to certify that only employees in good health returned to work."


The company's protocol does not involve testing of employees for the COVID-19 respiratory illness, a spokeswoman said.


At that facility alone, JBS...