Another German slaughterhouse hit by COVID-19
There is another disruption for the German meat industry as 92 people from Westfleisch's plant in Lower Saxony have tested positive for coronavirus. At the end of April, hundreds of workers from infected with the novel coronavirus have been detected at Muller-Fleisch unit in Birkenfeld, Germany, creating a huge scandal about the conditions secured for imported workers in Germany and another one reported at a slaughterhouse in the district of Coesfeld in western Germany.
The incident at Westfleisch plant is also related to a big number of employees recruited from Romania and Bulgaria. The plant has been closed until further notice and staff have been placed in quarantine, joining a slew of other German slaughterhouses hit by outbreaks. The situation has alerted officials in Berlin and German Labour Minister Hubertus Heil called for stricter oversight of the industry. France, the US, and Spain have also been confronted with similar problems and the American meat market is already feeling the consequences of that.