Friday, April 24, 2020

Canadian Meat packers decide when they have a problem

In Cargill Inc’s High River, Alberta plant, supplier of more than one-third of Canada’s beef, 391 workers were sick with coronavirus before the company decided to suspend operations. But Maple Leaf Foods decided to idle a poultry plant for eight days in Brampton after three workers were infected.

Canada contrasts with the active role U.S. politics has with infected plants. Trump ordered all meat plants on Tuesday to stay open. Cargill said that High River would resume reduced production on May 4 after a two-week closure for cleaning.
821 Cargill workers at High River, 37% of the workforce, were infected, including one death. It is not alone. A beef plant in Brooks, Alberta slowed production but remains open after 276 infections and one death.