THE NETHERLANDS, Helmond. Slaughterhouses in the Netherlands continue to struggle with corona infections. Vion's largest Dutch company in Boxtel is now also affected.
The slaughterhouse of the Dutch company Van Rooi Meat in Helmond near Eindhoven will remain closed until 17 June due to infection of employees with the corona virus. As the responsible authorities in the Brabant Zuidoost region announced on Tuesday, all 1,700 employees had to go into quarantine. The decision is based on the argument that the company is a source of disease. Corona tests had shown that around a quarter of the workforce was infected. Last Friday, production at the site had already been stopped as a precaution. Van Rooi Meat slaughters about 50,000 to 55,000 pigs per week, whose meat is also processed and packed at the site.
Meanwhile, the Dutch health authorities have also detected coronavirus infections among employees in another Dutch slaughterhouse of the Vion Food Group. According to the company, a sample of 105 people was taken in Boxtel, the largest Vion company in the Netherlands. Of these, 18 were infected. As the people affected had mainly worked in the cold stores and the employees in the other areas of the company were healthy, the health authorities decided not to close the plant. However, the precautions against further spread of the virus were tightened.
Meanwhile, the employees of the Vion slaughterhouse in Groenlo must remain in quarantine until tomorrow because of corona infections. According to the company, no slaughtering will take place at the site until then. This condition had already come into force on 21 May.