Pandemic Corona cases in poultry slaughterhouses

by Daphne Huber
Monday, May 18, 2020
Today the Corona cabinet wants to decide on stricter controls and fines against violations of occupational safety in slaughterhouses.
Photo: Imago Images / Christian Schroedter
Today the Corona cabinet wants to decide on stricter controls and fines against violations of occupational safety in slaughterhouses.

In more and more slaughterhouses in Germany, Covid-19 infections of employees are increasing. Today the federal government will decide on stricter measures and controls for the observance of hygiene measures in slaughterhouses.

After mass tests at the Wiesenhof poultry slaughterhouse in Straubing-Bogen in Lower Bavaria, the number of corona cases has risen to 77. The information provided by BR is confirmed by the responsible district office. In Schleswig-Holstein, too, more farms with Covid-19-infected poultry are affected after the first cases a week ago.

In the screening at Wiesenhof in Bogen, 923 employees of the company were tested during the past week. 150 further tests are still pending. In order to avert the fact that the relaxation measures in the corona pandemic, which have been in force for just under a week, will be lifted again, the competent authorities have ordered that communal accommodation in which corona cases have been detected be quarantined. Infected persons who cannot be isolated in the communal accommodation would have to move temporarily to central facilities in the city and district of Straubing-Bogen.

Angela Merkel - BU Bundestag Aktuelle Stunde Fleischindustrie
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Wiesenhof in Bogen announced in a statement that it intends to carry out its own tests on employees in order to always have an up-to-date status on possible new infections. The aim is to provide the best possible protection for employees. However, the operation should continue. The company Donautal-Geflügelpezialitäten, which belongs to the PHW group, will organize additional apartments for contract workers who are not infected with the coronavirus. The company has 1,021 employees, 525 of whom have contracts for work.

Covid-19 cases at Vion and Danish Crown

After the corona outbreak in a Vion slaughterhouse in Bad Bramstedt/Schleswig-Holstein with meanwhile 131 Covid-19 infected persons, another slaughterhouse in Husum is affected by Danish Crown. There, the District Office reports three cases of corona from the area surrounding the farm. After a visit, the authorities of the district of North Frisia announced that production could continue. A total of 340 people were tested, Danish Crown employs about 250 people at the Husum site.

Vion wants to restart production

Last Thursday, tests were carried out on the 1,900 employees in the meat product factories in Böklund and Satrup (Schleswig-Flensburg district). Vion wants to bring the Bad Bramstedt site back up to speed this week.

Today the Corona cabinet wants to decide on stricter controls and fines against violations of occupational safety in slaughterhouses. In a letter to the federal government, the state minister of employment Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) in North Rhine-Westphalia suggested higher fines for violations of working hours. Instead of the current maximum of € 15,000, the future fine should be € 30,000. In addition, the official control powers in matters of accommodation should be extended so that in future privately rented apartments can also be checked, the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" quotes.

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