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Cargill closes Quebec plant as 64 workers test positive

May 12, 2020  

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Cargill temporarily shut a meat-processing plant in the province of Quebec after 64 workers tested positive for the coronavirus.

The plant is in Chambly, a suburb of Montreal, one of the worst hit cities in Canada. Cargill told Reuters it was winding down production and hoped the facility would be fully closed by the middle of the week so all employees could be tested.

“We are concerned about the number of cases in the community and among our employees. We currently have 64 cases, which is 13 percent of our local workforce,” company spokesman Daniel Sullivan said in an email to Reuters.

Cargill said in late April it would start to reopen its beef processing plant in High River, Alta. in early May after it was forced to close down because hundreds of workers had become infected with the coronavirus. The plant represents about 36 per cent of Canada’s total beef processing capacity.



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