China has lifted the import ban on pork from Vion Groenlo and Vion Boxtel with effect from 17 September 2020. This means that Vion has regained the recognition to export to China.
John de Jonge, COO Vion Pork, is very pleased with this good news. “It is important for Vion to have regained access to the Chinese market. Vion’s exports to Asia account for a substantial proportion of its total sales volume and a major part of these exports is destined for China. Sales to China are now being resumed, which is important in order to achieve optimised carcass yield of porkers. Having a worldwide complementary sales portfolio is essential, also given the situation in the German market, where the ASF virus is causing a lot of uncertainty and sales of pigs are under pressure.
An In-Depth COVID-19 Risk Inventory & Evaluation (RIE) has now been conducted at all Vion locations, and been assessed.
Employee COVID-19 tests on return from holiday (orange zones)
The holiday period is almost over for many of our employees. A number of our employees and flex workers have returned after their holidays from an area with orange travel advice, sometimes to visit family members.
We have urged our employees and temporary employment agencies to follow the RIVM guidelines on quarantine when returning from an orange area. We have also drawn up a procedure to test employees who have been in orange zones. This means that they will undergo COVID-19 tests on arriving in the Netherlands, before returning to work. In line with RIVM guidelines, they may only return to work when the test result is negative. If the test gives a positive result, the standard GGD process will follow with quarantine. This is how we are giving our employees the opportunity to go into quarantine or to be tested after visiting an orange zone.
In addition to these measures, we have been carrying out health checks on everyone arriving at all Vion locations in the Netherlands since June. Every employee, visitor and controller receives a brief questionnaire about their own health and well-being. Any Vion employee with even mild symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection must not go to work. Employees are tested for COVID-19 if this appears relevant after completing the health form and answering the questionnaire. In case of a positive result, the necessary measures are taken.