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JBS poultry plant in Brazil allowed to reopen after coronavirus outbreak

Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS SA has been permitted to reopen after a COVID-19 outbreak among workers at its chicken plant in Passo Fundo forced its closure.

6 July 2020, at 11:21am

Reuters reports that JBS has confirmed the resumption of slaughtering and processing activities at its plant in Passo Fundo.

According to court documents seen by Reuters, judge Vania Maria Cunha Mattos understood that halting operations until an appeal is ruled could hurt economic activities.

"[It would] disrupt the entire production chain, with unequivocal damage not only to jobs - direct and indirect - but also to tax collection and leave the population in general short of supplies," the court document said.

Her decision comes after an appeals court in Rio Grande do Sul state overturned a lower labour court ruling allowing JBS to reopen the Passo Fundo chicken plant on 21 May after an initial closure on 24 April triggered by an outbreak of COVID-19.

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