French abattoir Covid outbreak: ‘No risk to consumers’

There is "no risk" to consumers of meat after the Covid-19 outbreaks among staff, health authorities have said

Health authorities and specialists have sought to reassure the public that there is no danger to consumers after outbreaks of Covid-19 were identified among staff at some of France’s largest abattoirs.

Dozens of staff have tested positive in several major French abattoirs, especially in Côtes-d'Armor (Brittany) and the Loiret (Centre Val-de-Loire).

On May 17, health authority l'Agence Régionale de Santé (ARS) in Brittany said that 69 workers and service providers of the Kermené abattoirs in and around Saint-Jacut-du-Mené - which provide meat for supermarket groups including E.Leclerc - had tested positive for the virus.

Similarly, on the same day, the Tradival abattoir in Fleury-les-Aubrais (Loiret) said that it had had 34 positive tests among staff so far, and planned to test 400 more staff this week, as well as trace possible contacts of those infected or exposed to the virus. Most of the ...

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