May 7, 2020 / 11:53 PM / 20 days ago

UPDATE 1-Mayor's office in southern Brazil suspends reopening of JBS plant

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SAO PAULO, May 7 (Reuters) - A plant owned by Brazilian meat producer JBS SA in the southern city of Passo Fundo has been ordered to remain closed for the next 15 days by the mayor’s office, the municipal administration said in a statement on Thursday.

The plant has been closed since April 24 due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among workers, but a labor court recently cleared the way for the plant to reopen.

In a statement, JBS said it would fight to reverse the city’s decision, arguing it contradicted the court order. The company added it had taken vigorous measures to ensure the safety of its workers, including keeping anyone in risk groups home and checking the temperature of everyone entering the facility.

“The company has taken all the measures needed for the protection and security of its employees, and will take all the appropriate measures to reverse this municipal order,” the company said. (Reporting by Nayara Figueiredo; Writing by Gram Slattery; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Cooney)

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