GERMANY, Dissen. Before closure, Westcrown is allowed to process any residual quantities of sow meat. The district of Osnabrueck wants to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to other meat companies.
After 92 employees in a plant in Dissen tested positive for the coronavirus, the authorities and the company have agreed on how to proceed. In Dissen in Lower Saxony, Westcrown, a joint venture of Westfleisch and Danish Crown, cuts up sow halves. Over the weekend, the company management and the district of Osnabrück had decided to suspend work on Monday. Starting today, the non-infected employees may resume work. A spokesperson for the district explained this to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.). The goal is to process the meat already stored in Dissen.
The sows already slaughtered at other locations are also to be delivered to Dissen and cut up as planned. This is to avoid that the meat has to be destroyed. When the remaining stock has been reduced, the location will have to close for a two-week quarantine.
On Sunday, the district of Osnabrück had reported on the Corona cases in Dissen. The employees who tested positive and their contact persons had to go into quarantine as a result. According to the county, 62 of those infected live in the Osnabrueck district, the others in the districts of Guetersloh, Steinfurt, Wesel and Vechta. Some of the infected persons are housed in collective accommodations. The county administration also announced that the aim is to prevent contact persons from being deployed in other companies in the meat industry and possibly spreading the virus there.
"It is now important to analyse the reasons for the test results as quickly as possible", explains Carsten Schruck, managing director of Westfleisch SCE. The exact pathways of possible infection connections would have to be comprehensively investigated.