GERMANY, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. An international research group wants to investigate why there have been an increasing number of corona outbreaks in meat factories worldwide. Led by renowned scientists from the University of Dublin, the project's participants gathered digitally for a kick-off meeting on Tuesday, January 20. The Tönnies Group is supporting as a project partner and helping to develop long-term solutions for the entire industry.
The international research project is one of the largest European projects currently addressing the specific issue of Covid-19 in meat plants. This is also reflected in the budget made available: 1.5 mill. € are being invested in the research.
The goal is to understand how the Corona virus spreads in meat plants. Subsequently, solutions and measures are to be developed to protect farms and employees even better in the future. One work package, for example, is concerned with research into the extent to which the examination of wastewater in meat companies can serve as an early warning indicator of an increased infection situation. "Very sensitive analytical methods allow completely new investigation possibilities here. We are looking forward to the research collaboration, which will directly benefit our operational processes," says Gereon Schulze Althoff, Head of Quality Management at Tönnies.
In addition to Germany, Ireland was also affected by Corona outbreaks in several meat plants. Schulze Althoff is pleased about the scientific interest in the Tönnies hygiene concept: "The research project now also offers a better exchange internationally. On the one hand, we can present our hygiene concept, and on the other hand, we can gather new findings from other countries for our operations." In addition to him, scientists from various universities are also involved in the project.
More information on the project "Understanding and Preventing COVID19 Outbreaks in Meat Processing Plants - Prepared for the Future (UPCOM)!" can be found here.