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July 05, 2020 - Bloomberg Business

A Thousand Pork Workers Tested Positive at JBS Plant in Brazil

A Thousand Pork Workers Tested Positive at JBS Plant in Brazil
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More than 1,000 workers at a JBS SA pork plant in Brazil, or a quarter of those tested, were infected with Covid-19, according to figures from the Labor Prosecutor’s Office.

While almost all have recovered, the high rate of infection reveals the challenges Brazilian meat companies face to keep plants running as the virus spreads in the nation.

Mass testing at JBS’s Dourados plant in Mato Grosso do Sul state started on May 25, according to documents shared by prosecutors. Of 4,134 employees tested, 1,075 were positive through July 1.

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