COVID-19 case confirmed at Maple Leaf hog plant

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A worker at Maple Leaf Foods’ hog slaughter and processing plant at Brandon, Man. is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19, the Manitoba Co-operator has reported.

The company said it received word over the long weekend about the case. Citing its own review of the situation and consultation with public health officials, the company said the case was likely linked to community transfer.

UFCW Local 832, which represents workers at the plant, said that any plant staff who came in contact with the worker in question are currently self-isolating.

The Manitoba Pork Council says it hasn’t heard of any production chain disruption as a result of the positive COVID-19 case.

The Brandon plant is the largest hog slaughter facility in Manitoba, which is Canada’s biggest hog-producing province in terms of pigs marketed.

The plant is also the main supplier of fresh pork for Toronto-based Maple Leaf’s other Canadian processing facilities and exports.

Visit the Manitoba Co-operator website for the full story.

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