The Olymel factory in Yamachiche closed for two weeks
The ATrahan Olymel plant in Yamachiche closes for two weeks due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among its employees. Nine people have tested positive for the disease.
L has direction Olymel announced in a statement on Sunday morning, as the closure was effective the same day. The company says 1,000 workers will be affected, but help and information will be available so they can take advantage of government financial support programs. This announcement was made jointly with the CIUSSS de la Mauricie and Center-du-Québec.
Olymel also recommends that all plant employees who have worked there since March 12 be placed in administrative segregation, monitor the appearance of symptoms of COVID-19 and apply distancing measures to protect their employees. relatives. Recall that last Wednesday, the management of Olymel had confirmed a case of COVID-19 among the staff of the ATrahan factory. Twenty workers were then placed in segregation at home and were awaiting the results of their screening test.
A recovery plan will be established by Olymel, who indicates that he is working in collaboration with public health, the Standards, Fairness, Occupational Health and Safety Commission, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The company states that it “will make the necessary follow-ups and make the necessary decisions with its suppliers, in particular the pork producers who supply this establishment”.
Réjean Nadeau, president and chief executive officer of Olymel, also invited his employees to exercise caution to avoid such a scenario occurring in another of its factories.
“I invite, in collaboration with human resources staff, all other employees working in establishments still in operation, to exercise constant vigilance to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Our company and its employees will thus be able to contribute to the smooth running of the agrifood processing sector, considered by governments as an essential activity to provide distribution networks with the products necessary to feed the population, most of whom are in containment, “said Mr. Nadeau in the press release issued Sunday.
Olymel also recalls having recruited two medical experts since the start of the pandemic, with the aim of supporting it in the application of public health recommendations.