BREAKING: Olymel temporarily closing Red Deer pork plant due to COVID-19 outbreak –

By Troy Gillard

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Feb 15, 2021 5:16 PM

Olymel is temporarily shutting down its Red Deer pork processing plant due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

“Despite the testing protocols and sanitary measures already in place, as well as the close collaboration of Alberta Health Services to deal with a resurgence of positive cases of COVID-19 among plant employees, Olymel management believes that the conditions are no longer assembled to continue normal operations in a safe and efficient manner,” the company says in a statement issued Monday.

Olymel says it has notified the union representing workers at the Red Deer plant (UFCW Local 401) and that it will be shut down for an indefinite period of time. The union had called for a temporary shutdown of the facility on Feb. 5.

“Over the next few days, plant management will mobilize the staff necessary to cease operations and complete the facility closure as soon as possible,” the company says. “The sanitary measures will continue to be in effect at the plant during the shutdown and Olymel management will be in contact with officials at Alberta Health Services to continue working closely with this organization.”