June 10, 2020
JBS to reopen pork and beef plant closed due to COVID-19
A Brazil court ruling has allowed JBS to reopen its Rio Grande do Sul pork plant, while a Rondonia court approved the reopening of JBS' beef plant there, Reuters reported.
Both meat plants were closed due a COVID-19 outbreak among its workers.
For the pork plant in Rio Grande do Sul, the court ruling overturned a previous order to suspend operations for 14 days beginning June 5. 21 people from its 1,700 workers in the pork plant were infected with COVID-19.
At Rondonia, state labour prosecutors said JBS could reopen its beef plant even after 266 people from 900 workers there were found infected with COVID-19.
The plant is set to resume operations on June 12.
The state labour prosecutors criticised the decision as the plant was only closed on May 27. They have called for rigorous testing measures to be implemented, the removal of all workers who were in contact with COVID-19 positive workers and for the enforcement of 1.5m physical distancing on the production floor.