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Coquitlam poultry plant closed after COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 4:28 pm PDT

FILE - Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen in Surrey, B.C., on March 26, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Summary

Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. has been shut down by the Fraser Health Authority

Two cases of COVID-19 were reported at the plant earlier this week

Superior's sister plant saw an outbreak of more than 20 cases

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Days after COVID-19 cases were discovered at a Coquitlam food processing plant, it has been shut down by Fraser Health Authority.

On Wednesday, two cases of the virus were reported at Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. prompting a screening of all employees. All those who were in close contact with the infected employees have been instructed to self-isolate, says a release from Fraser Health.

There haven’t been any new cases linked to the plant yet.

Some employees from Superior also worked at its sister plant, United Poultry Company Ltd., where more there were more than 20 cases of the virus.

Despite the outbreaks, there isn’t a recall on any chicken products distributed from either of the plants since there isn’t evidence the virus is transmitted through food or food packaging, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

CIFA says all Canadians need to continue good hygiene practices while handling food like washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water, disinfecting and cleaning surfaces regularly, cooking meat thoroughly, and avoiding cross-contamination.