Marfrig, Minerva's Brazil Cattle Processing Plants Operational Despite COVID-19 Cases


Reporting by Nayara Figueiredo, Writing by Tatiana Bautzer; Editing by Tom Brown, Reuters

via The New York Times - May 21, 2020


SAO PAULO — Brazilian meat producers Marfrig Global Foods and Minerva SA have registered coronavirus cases among workers in cattle processing plants this week but the units are still operational, the companies said.


Marfrig said 14 workers tested positive for the virus in its unit in Varzea Grande, in the state of Mato Grosso. Minerva said it tested all its 730 workers in the city of Araguaina, in the state of Tocantins, which is in lockdown. Fifty-five workers tested positive, although they were asymptomatic.


So far, there have outbreaks in chicken and pork processing plants of JBS SA and BRF SA in Brazil's south, and some of the plants have been through temporary shutdowns...