Four workers at Maple Leaf Foods plants – one at a Heritage Plant in Hamilton and three at a poultry plant in Brampton – have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released on April 8, Maple Leafs Foods stated that these four workers are currently self-isolating at home and keeping in touch with them. The company is also continuing to implement its COVID-19 response plan for all health, safety, and sanitation measures, and notifying any employees who had close contact with any of the four workers.

Maple Leaf Foods has talked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and have come to the decision to temporarily suspend operations at their Brampton Poultry Plant as of April 8 in order to conduct a thorough investigation and deep clean of the plant. The company is not yet certain when it will reopen, but says, “We hope to complete the investigation and the deep cleaning as quickly as possible so that we can restore operations at our Brampton Poultry plant.”

The Heritage plant in Hamilton will continue to operate normally.

“Throughout our Maple Leaf Foods network, our ongoing COVID-19 prevention efforts, including additional sanitation in common welfare areas and careful social distancing, coupled with our thorough, daily sanitation procedures will help us ensure that our people are as healthy and safe as possible,” said the company in its statement.  “As events continue to unfold, we will follow the advice of leading world health and disease control organizations. We will continue to monitor developments and will further adapt our policies and practices as new information becomes available.”

The company also says it will continue to wor closely with public health authorities and CFIA in order to provide a safe work environment as well as work closely with their supply chain and logistics partners to continue to maintain food supply during this critical time.

Read the full statement here.

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