Statement of Maple Leaf Foods President and CEO Michael McCain on Workplace Safety in Brandon, Manitoba Plant
Covid-19 Cases Diagnosed at our pork plant in Brandon, Manitoba
“Ten cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed among Team Members at our pork plant in Brandon, Manitoba. However, there is no evidence of spread within the plant. All cases have been investigated and determine to be acquired in the community.
We hosted an inspection by Public Health and Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials yesterday in our plant and their feedback affirmed that we are taking all the right actions, and our protocols to protect our people are robust. Today, in a press conference, Dr. Brent Roussin said there was ‘no evidence of workplace transmission’ and commented that our company has ‘gone beyond public health recommendations.’
Cases Linked to Community Gatherings and Interactions
Because the cases experienced by our team members are linked to community gatherings and interactions, and not to our plant, and because our Team Members all undergo extensive daily health and temperature screenings, wear personal protective equipment including face coverings, undergo constant sanitation and practice social distance within our plant, we are confident that our workplace is safe and we will continue operating. Public Health officials have said they support our decision.
We urge the Mayor of Brandon to call on the community to adhere strictly to social distancing within the community, including mask usage throughout the community continuously. We must work together as one to prevent the community spread of COVID-19.
We are committed to doing everything in our power to provide a workplace that is as safe as we can make it as we work to produce food that Brandon and communities across Canada and around the world need during this challenging time.”