Exceldor says it’s dealing with 27 positive cases of COVID-19 among employees at the farmer-owned co-op’s poultry processing plant at Blumenort, Manitoba, as of Wednesday afternoon.
The facility, which was owned by Granny’s Poultry before Granny’s merged with Exceldor last year, employs around 650 people.
“We are dealing with cases of community transmission beyond our walls, therefore out of our control,” says a spokesperson for Exceldor in an email statement sent to RealAgriculture.
Exceldor says it has investigated every case, and has not found any evidence of the virus spreading in the workplace.
“Our reality is as follows: several workers live together or commute together, which may have led to this situation within our employees,” the statement says. “We are working closely with public health on this issue and all their recommendations are already implemented, and if needed, new ones would be implemented.”
The spokesperson says a temporary plant closure is not being considered at this time.
Researchers with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency published the results of a new study last month that confirmed domestic chickens and turkeys are not susceptible and pose no risk for transmitting the virus that causes COVID-19.