Quebec demands the closure of the plant of the largest producer of fresh vegetables Vegpro in Sherrington, Montérégie, due to an outbreak out of control, have learned The newspaper and TVA Nouvelles.
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“There will be a service of closing order. Under the law, the CNESST can close a business insofar as there is a threat to the health and safety of the workplace, and this is the case, ”confirmed in an interview with Newspaper Jean Boulet, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity.
Bailiffs knocked on the door of Sherrington’s business on Thursday at the end of the day to hand over documents to force him to cease operations.
According to our information, there are more than 70 workers in confinement and around 30 positive cases among Guatemalan and Mexican foreign workers. About fifteen others would also be declared positive.
“There are a significant number of infections. We must proceed quickly. Public Health will go ahead with an epidemiological investigation, ”insisted the Minister of Labor, who warned that the closure“ will last as long as necessary ”.
Thursday, The newspaper reported a major outbreak at the Vegpro plant in Montérégie, where dozens of workers tested positive for COVID-19.
In recent days, Vegpro employees have spoken on condition of anonymity to Newspaper their fears of having to perform their tasks in the factory with insufficient sanitary measures in their eyes.
On Wednesday, the company confirmed the outbreak at Newspaper by refusing to grant an interview on the state of the situation.
“With the close collaboration of Public Health, all our colleagues are taken care of and they are all relatively well”, underlined the management of Vegpro International in a brief letter.
The cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture and the Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA) also said they were monitoring the situation closely.
– With VAT News
♦ Vegpro was founded in 1998. Its head office is in Sherrington, Montérégie. It has more than 1000 employees and packing centers in Sherrington (Quebec) and Belle Glade (Florida).
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