Chicken plant in Canada shuts down after 28 employees test positive for COVID-19
A chicken processing plant in Canada has been forced to close after 28 employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) said that all employees at the United Poultry Company Ltd. in East Vancouver have been told to self-isolate following the discovery of an outbreak at the plant.
VCH became aware of the issue after receiving a positive test on Sunday. The agency tested all 71 workers at the plant the next day, and more than 20 tests came back positive.
Vancouver Coastal Health has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff at United Poultry Company Ltd., a chicken processing plant in East Vancouver. 28 employees have tested positive for COVID-19— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) April 21, 2020
The plant closed on Monday.
VCH said that it isn't necessary to recall any chicken products distributed from the plant.
"At this time, there have been no reported cases of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19," the regional health authority said.
The B.C. Chicken Marketing board reassured a reporter on Sunday that the chicken supply in the province remains "intact," although it's unclear whether the latest closure will impact that.
BC Chicken Marketing Board assured me Sunday supply is solid.— LizaYuzda (@LizaYuzda) April 21, 2020
Asked Saturday after a food kit delivery company said they were moving to frozen chicken from fresh in their kits because of supply issues.
Now 28 workers at United Poultry in #yvr are postive for #covid19#bcpoli pic.twitter.com/gVsNi9C366
The news comes just one day after an Alberta meat-processing plant announced that it would temporarily close its doors due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
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