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Cargill idles beef plant in Quebec due to COVID-19

11 May 2020

Cargill announced on Sunday that it would temporarily shut a meat-processing plant in Quebec, Canada after 64 workers tested positive for the coronavirus.

Reuters reports that the beef plant is based in the Montreal suburb of Chambly. Montreal is one of the worst hit cities in Canada. Cargill said it was winding down production and hoped the facility would be fully closed by the middle of the week so all employees could be tested.

"We are concerned about the number of cases in the community and among our employees. We currently have 64 cases, which is 13 percent of our local workforce," company spokesman Daniel Sullivan said in an email.

Cargill said in late April it would start to reopen its beef processing plant in High River, Alberta in early May after it was forced to close down because hundreds of workers had become infected with the coronavirus. The plant represents about 36 percent of Canada's total beef processing capacity.

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