GERMANY, Buchloe. The largest slaughterhouse in Swabia is at a standstill. 83 employees tested positive for Sars-CoV-2.
The Vion Group had to stop operations at its slaughterhouse in Buchloe in the Swabian district of Ostallgäu. Slaughtering operations have been suspended until the weekend. So far, 83 employees at the Buchloe slaughterhouse have been infected with the coronavirus. The former Moksel plant belongs to the Dutch-German Vion Group.
In addition, a quarantine has been ordered for 93 contact persons, the responsible district office announced. It is currently unclear how and where the employees became infected, it continues. The first case became known on March 1, according to the health department. During the ordered series tests, it then turned out that even more employees had become infected. The investigation is ongoing.
At present, the outbreak in Buchloe has no impact on the incidence. According to information from the public health department, this is because some of those infected also live in neighboring counties. In three cases of the 83 infected persons, the British variant of the coronavirus had been detected, the authority further announced.
According to the company, a total of 430 people work at the Buchloer plant. A large proportion of those infected work in the slaughter area, it said. "Slaughtering has been suspended since Tuesday until the weekend," a Vion spokesman said. Until then, another row testing of the workforce is planned, according to the district office.
From Vion it says in a written statement that on the part of the supervisory authorities no offences against the hygiene concept of the enterprise were determined. This is also confirmed by the health department. Where distances cannot be maintained, employees would have to wear masks. In addition, Plexiglas screens have been installed and the number of employees in the break rooms has been limited.
Earlier this year, a Corona outbreak had also been reported at another Vion site in Crailsheim, Baden-Württemberg. At that time, 23 employees had tested positive. Previously, Vion's slaughter lines in Vilshofen came to a standstill in November.