Brazil's BRF told to test all workers in Santa Catarina plants

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Brazilian meatpacker BRF SA is seen in the headquarters in Curitiba, Brazil October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian meat processor BRF SA BRFS3.SA has been told by health authorities in Santa Catarina state to reinforce measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on production units, according to a statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday.

These measures include testing all workers at BRF’s Concórdia plant, which processes pork and poultry and is the company’s biggest in the state by number of employees, around 5,000, a press representative said by telephone.

BRF began testing its workers more than two weeks ago at several sites, the press representative said. There are currently no BRF plants closed due to outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

Reporting by Ana Mano; Editing by Lisa Shumaker