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JBS plant in rural Brazil ordered close amid COVID-19 outbreak

28 May 2020

A labour court in Brazil’s Rondônia state ordered a JBS beef plant to close until all employees were tested for COVID-19.

In a statement on the court ruling sent to Reuters on 27 May, Labour Judge Wadler Ferreira said JBS’s unit in the town of São Miguel do Guaporé "is the main source of contamination and spread of the virus."

The ruling says that more than 60 percent of the cases already confirmed in the municipality were linked to the company. JBS did not comment on this specific court decision.

In a separate statement sent to Reuters, JBS said that protecting its employees “is a priority.” It goes on to say that since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, JBS has adopted a strict prevention protocol at all its meat production facilities.

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