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Europe: Poor working & housing conditions at meat packing plants responsible for COVID-19 outbreak among workforce, report alleges

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of workers at meat processing plants across Europe have become infected with the virus. A new report by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) identifies poor working, employment and housing conditions as one reason for the rapid spread of COVID-19 among the industry's predominantly migrant workforce. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the companies named in the report to respond. Danish Crown, 2 Sisters, Asda (Kober), Moy Park, Smithfield and Litera Meat responded. Tönnies, Westfleisch, Vion, Van Rooi Meat, Oscar Mayer, Groupe Sicarev, Kermené, LDC Groupe and Lovenfosse Groupe did not respond.

Company Responses

Tönnies

No Response

Westfleisch

No Response

Van Rooi Meat

No Response

Oscar Mayer

No Response

Groupe Sicarev

No Response

Kermené

No Response

LDC Groupe

No Response

Lovenfosse Group

No Response

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2 Sisters Food Group View Response
ASDA (part of Walmart) View Response
Moy Park View Response
Smithfield Foods View Response
Litera Meat View Response

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