Vion employees infected with coronavirus

Date: 04-05-2020

Boxtel, 4 May 2020 – Food company Vion, with branches in the Netherlands and Germany, has employees in both countries who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Corona infection has been established in 26 residents of a residential unit for migrant workers in Velp, the Netherlands. Some of them work for Vion in Scherpenzeel. The GGD Gelderland-Midden health service started an extensive source and contact study immediately after the first infection was discovered. Vion is cooperating fully in the investigation and follows all recommendations issued by the RIVM, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. Pending this investigation, we cannot make any further announcements. According to GGD Gelderland-Midden, the 26 infected labour migrants have gone into isolation. They have to be symptom-free for at least 72 hours before they can return home. The virus was not found in the other 25 residents of the complex, but they have to remain in quarantine for two weeks. Management has informed the other employees in Scherpenzeel during the weekend and this morning. Production continues as usual at this location.

Slaughter at the Vion location in Bad Bramstedt in northern Germany has been halted temporarily because 51 of 115 tested employees tested positive. Employees were also tested at their home address. Of the people who tested positive, 90% remain symptom-free so far. At this time of year, the supply of cattle for slaughter is not as high as normal, which is why Vion Bad Bramstedt has temporarily stopped slaughtering. Deboning activities are still being carried out this week. Slaughtering will be started up again on Monday, 11 May.

Safety measures at Vion

Vion has implemented strict hygiene measures at all locations since the second half of February. Employees keep sufficient distance or are separated by means of acrylic sheets. Walking routes have been introduced and plastic sheets have been placed where possible. Employees also work in special shifts. Moreover, employees with even minimal symptoms or employees who have a sick housemate must remain at home, while vulnerable groups of employees have been required to stay at home since the beginning of March. All Vion employees, including flex workers from temporary employment agencies, are fully insured in line with statutory standards in the Netherlands and Germany. The accommodation of temporary employees is arranged by the employment agencies in accordance with applicable legal standards. Vion itself also checks whether the employment agencies adhere to agreements made where housing for their employees is concerned. Vion checks the living conditions of the flex workers at their home addresses at least twice a year.