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Quebec poultry packer to shut ex-Maple Leaf plant

Giannone to close Drummondville facility

The new owner of an antibiotic-free poultry processing plant in the Centre-du-Quebec region is set to shut the plant next week after a “thorough review” of its condition. Volaille Giannone announced Friday it will close the former Avicomax plant at Drummondville effective Nov. 6, after having bought it from Maple Leaf Foods in July for

The union representing workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant continues to call for it to be temporarily closed due to staff COVID-19 cases.

Workers say Maple Leaf, province overlooking safety hazards

Workers tell the Co-operator of crowded bathrooms, locker rooms, stairways, cafeterias without handwashing facilities, forced overtime

Workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant say the company isn’t doing enough to keep them safe, and that they’re scared to come to work. “We workers are crying for help,” they wrote in an open letter circulated by Migrante Manitoba, an advocacy organization for migrant workers in late August. “It’s clear to us that


Workers ‘crying for help’ at Brandon Maple Leaf plant

In an open letter, workers say the province and company are discriminating against immigrant workers by shuffling blame onto them

Workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant say the company and provincial government are passing the blame onto them for spreading COVID-19 in the facility. “We workers are crying for help,” they wrote in an open letter, circulated Monday by Migrante Manitoba, an advocacy group for migrants in the province. The province has repeatedly said

Editor’s Take: Pork sector inefficiently efficient

Has the drive for efficiency gone too far in the pork sector? For the past few decades the drive has been to vertical integration, closely matching production and processing capacity, and larger and more efficient (and far fewer) processing plants. In this MBA-driven world view, any excess surge capacity is viewed as an inefficiency to

Manitoba’s pork sector is now facing the thorny question of where to send animals if Maple Leaf’s Brandon plant can’t stay open.

Manitoba Pork, stakeholders make contingency plans to relocate hogs

There’s only limited capacity for excess pigs on the Prairies if Maple Leaf’s Brandon plant closes due to COVID-19 cases

Every effort will be made to find space for hogs if Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant shuts down, says the Manitoba Pork Council. As of August 13, the facility remained open as confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers climbed over two dozen and many more staff were in self-isolation. About 2,000 people work at the plant, which processes up


Safety concerns prompt call for pork plant closure

NDP, union and workers all say a short-term shutdown would be the best plan

NDP Opposition leader, Wab Kinew, continued to call for a short-term shutdown of Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods, August 13, and for “surveillance testing” of employees against the novel coronavirus. “Manitoba’s agri-food industry is successful only when Maple Leaf workers and the wider Westman community, are safe and healthy,” Kinew said in an emailed statement to

Brandon’s Maple Leaf plant is the site of Canada’s latest COVID outbreak in a packing facility.

COVID-19 strikes Brandon pork plant

Growing COVID-19 cases among Maple Leaf Foods staff last week raised the first serious concerns of a meat plant closure in Manitoba

The union representing workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant says it’s seeing echoes of Alberta. Late last week, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 pushed Maple Leaf Foods to close the pork plant after eight workers tested positive for COVID-19. Why it matters: Until now, Manitoba’s meat processors have largely dodged the

Contingency plans tentatively in place for Brandon pork plant closure

No plans to close Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon despite COVID-19 cases, union calls to do so

“Every effort” will be made to find processing capacity for hogs if Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant closes due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases there says Manitoba Pork. “I want to emphasize there is no plan being put in place to shut down the plant in Brandon,” Manitoba Pork general manager Andrew Dickson told


Three more COVID-19 cases confirmed at Brandon pork plant

Maple Leaf Foods has confirmed that cases at the plant are up to four

There have been three more cases of COVID-19 at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods pork plant, according to the union representing the plant’s workers. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 said this morning that three more cases had been confirmed at the plant, after a single COVID-19 case was reported over the long weekend.

COVID-19 case confirmed at Maple Leaf hog plant

A worker at Maple Leaf Foods’ hog slaughter and processing plant at Brandon, Man. is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19, the Manitoba Co-operator has reported. The company said it received word over the long weekend about the case. Citing its own review of the situation and consultation with public health officials, the