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Abbotsford food processing plant ordered to close due to COVID-19 outbreak

Last Updated Feb 22, 2021 at 1:21 am PST

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

A 'cluster' of cases was identified at Grand River Foods on Feb. 2, an outbreak declared Feb. 19

Fraser Health says no chicken products from the plant are being recalled, the plant has been ordered to close

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) — Twenty-two workers at an Abbotsford food processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19, and Fraser Health has ordered the facility to shut its doors.

According to a statement Sunday, a “cluster” of cases was identified at Grand River Foods, which is a processing plant linked to Sunrise Farms, on Feb. 2. The site was last inspected Feb. 18, and an outbreak was declared Feb. 19.

“Fraser Health is working with staff to identify anyone who may have been exposed, and is taking steps to protect the health of all staff,” a statement reads.

“We are working with the facility to strengthen their COVID-19 mitigation strategies.”

No chicken products are being recalled.

“According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source or route of transmission for the virus. At this time, there have been no reported cases of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19,” the statement says.

“All Canadians should continue to follow good hygiene practices during food handling and preparation.”