Danish Crown to resume production in Denmark after Covid-19 shutdown

Source: Jennifer Shike Farm Journal’s Pork, 18 August 2020, photo credit: Danfoss

Europe’s biggest pork exporter, Danish Crown, plans to partially reopen a pork packing plant in Denmark following an outbreak of COVID-19 among staff. The plant shuttered after more than 140 of its 850 workers tested positive for the virus, the company said.

The plant, located in Ringsted, is expected to resume production on Aug. 21 at half capacity. Other Danish Crown facilities will continue to make up for lost production until the abattoir can be brought back to full capacity, a company release said.

“It is tough for our employees to have to stay at home for over a week, where at the same time there has been sunshine and about 30 degrees. They have handled this well, and I am convinced that this particular discipline is an essential part of the explanation for the drop we have seen in the number of new infections.

It calls for respect and they have shown all other Danes how important it is to follow the instructions of the authorities,” says Per Laursen, production director at Danish Crown Pork.
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