May 18, 2020
BRF Brazilian chicken and pork plant to reopen ahead of schedule
The Brazilian BRF SA plant in Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul state was initially shut down because of COVID-19, reported Reuters.
The reopening of the plant was announced by APBA president Francisco Turra, an association of poultry and pork processors.
BRF confirmed with Reuters that it had discussed reopening the plant with local officials. It was only one of two plants in Brazil because of COVID-19. ABPA said there are 400 meat processing plants in the country.
The company introduced new measures as part of the agreement to reopen the plant after it was ordered to close for 15 days by a municipal court on May 8. These include testing all workers for COVID-19 and forward all results to Lajeado's health authorities.
The other closed plant is a chicken facility owned by JBS SA in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul state.
ABPA said pork exports from Brazil was set to rise above projections this year, while chicken exports will also go up due to demand from China. The association estimated pork exports will hit 900,000 tonnes to 1 million tonnes, a 33% growth compared to last year. It projected a 15% increase for 2020 in December 2019.
ABPA is estimating chicken exports from Brazil to reach between 4.3 million tonnes to 4.5 million tonnes, a 7% increase compared to last year.