JBS USA reduces production at facility over health concerns

By Aidan Fortune

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JBS USA reduces production at facility over health concerns

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Processor JBS USA has temporarily reduced production at its beef facility in Souderton, Pennsylvania following concerns that staff members have become unwell.

It reported that several senior management team members have displayed flu-like symptoms and “out of an abundance of caution, these team members have been sent home to self-monitor their health in light of the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

The plant will continue to run fabrication and ground beef operations and it expects the facility will return to normal operations on 14 April 2020.

In a statement, a JBS USA spokesperson said: “We wish our team members a speedy recovery and salute the health care professionals who are tirelessly working to protect us all. We also thank our team members and everyone who is helping to keep food on tables during this challenging time.”

Canadian pork and poultry processor Olymel temporarily suspended operations at one of its facilities in Quebec​ following the confirmation of nine cases of coronavirus among its staff.

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