December 23, 2020


Cargill to reopen its Ontario, Canada beef plant next week


Cargill plans to reopen its Guelph, Ontario beef plant on December 29, after it closed the facility recently because of a COVID-19 outbreak among workers there, Reuters reported.


The company voluntarily shut down operations temporarily after 82 workers at the plant tested positive for COVID-19. 129 other people are self-isolating.


A Cargill spokesman confirmed the reopening on December 29, adding that the decision was made after careful deliberations among the company's leadership and discussions with the Union and local health authorities.


After the plant reopens, workers' shifts will vary. In addition, workers with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 within 14 days aren't allowed to come to work.


Cargill's Guelph, Ontario beef plant, with 950 workers, is the latest meat plant in North America to either suspend or reduce production after a COVID-19 outbreak. The biggest shut down occurred in Cargill's High River, Alberta plant.


- Reuters