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COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey poultry processing plant forces closure

Last Updated May 8, 2021 at 3:35 pm PDT

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

Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. was ordered to close on Friday

No food products from the plant are being recalled

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — After 29 workers tested positive for COVID-19, Fraser Health has closed a poultry processing plant in Surrey.

Sunrise Poultry Processors Ltd. was ordered to close on Friday and will remain closed for at least 10 days, according to a statement from the health authority.

“We will continue to monitor for additional cases, and case and contact management is ongoing. Those identified as cases and close contacts have been instructed to self-isolate,” the statement reads.

Fraser Health adds Canada’s Food Inspection Agency has said there is minimal to no risk of contracting the virus through food.

“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. Therefore, no recall of chicken products distributed from this plant is required,” the statement continues.