Toennies slaughterhouse back in operation

A German abattoir and meatpacking plant that was closed due to coronavirus infections among workers has come back online.
calendar icon 17 July 2020
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The huge meatpacking and processing section of the Toennies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrueck in North Rhine-Westphalia will be allowed resume processing and packing pigmeat in a test phase on 17 July, the local government authority Rheda-Wiedenbrueck said.

Some 2,714 personnel will be permitted to resume work in the processing section of the plant, the authority said.

The new hygiene regime includes changes to the plant’s ventilation system, separation of workstations through curtains, compulsory wearing of facemasks, two coronavirus tests a week for all production personnel and inspections of personnel accommodation if it is provided for them.

The plant normally slaughters and processes around 14 percent of Germany’s pigs, and the shutdown has caused a sharp fall in German pork prices.

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