Covid-19 has focused a lot of attention on meat packing plants and the high-levels of infection experienced by their workers.
We've had a few outbreaks in Canada, two of them at Cargill packing plants.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing Canada’s reliance on just a few industrial slaughterhouses, food experts and a national farmers union told the Toronto Star.
The National Farmers Union says more than 95 per cent of Canada’s beef production comes from just three processing plants, which includes two that have been hit by outbreaks.Three packing plants in Ireland have also had Covid outbreaks. Germany has had the same problem.
America's Centers for Disease Control report that 115 meat packing plants in 19 states have had Covid-19 outbreaks. Trump has invoked his emergency powers to compel those plants to remain open.
Now we're getting word that 40 Canadian meat inspectors have tested positive for the virus.
It used to be that governments and the private sector would offer hazard pay and other benefits to those they sent into harm's way. Shouldn't packing plants be required to do as much? Why not nursing homes to boot?