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Brazil’s labour prosecutors suspend operations at JBS plant

Labour prosecutors have called on JBS SA to halt operations at a poultry plant in southern Brazil after more than 200 COVID-19 cases were detected.

7 August 2020, at 11:58am

Reuters reports that prosecutors in the state of Rio Grande do Sul asked a judge to order "the immediate removal, with pay, of all employees and outsourced workers" at a chicken processing facility in the town of Garibaldi, according to a filing reviewed by Reuters.

The plant has 230 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including seven hospitalisations and one fatality, prosecutors told the court, citing data from local health services. More than 900 people work in the facility, according to prosecutors.

JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, did not comment on the Garibaldi case, saying it has not been notified. The company has repeatedly defended its safety protocols and response to COVID-19 outbreaks at plants in Brazil.

A string of COVID-19 outbreaks at JBS plants in at least five states has threatened exports and disrupted operations as facilities were temporarily shut in three states.

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