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The Covid-19 round-up

The news and data you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak's impact on the food industry

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JBS to re-open Rondônia plant

Brazilian meat titan JBS receives permission from a court in Brazil's state of Rondônia to re-open a beef plant where 266 employees tested positive for Covid-19, according to news agency Reuters.

China 'testing all imports of meat' amid fresh outbreak

Bloomberg, citing an unnamed executive at a "major supplier", says that customs officials in China are testing all imports of meat for the novel coronavirus. A fresh outbreak of Covid-19 has been linked to a wholesale food market in Beijing.

Scotland puts plan for HFSS food promo curbs on ice

Scotland has announced the pause of plans to limit the way foods high in fat, sugar or salt can be promoted in the country. Scotland's minister for public health says there were no longer plans to introduce the Restricting Food Promotions Bill in this parliament, which ends in May 2021.

Outbreak among staff at 2 Sisters factory

Covid-19 has reared its head at a 2 Sisters Food Group meat-production plant in Wales. The poultry facility in the town of Llangefni reportedly has 13 confirmed cases among staff, with 110 people self-isolating.

Soup maker TSC Foods mulls redundancies

TSC Foods, the UK company behind the Glorious! soup brand, enters consultations with employees over 200 potential redundancies after the UK-based soup manufacturer saw foodservice sales collapse in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Bakkavor says volumes starting to stabilise 

Bakkavor, the UK-based private-label supplier to major supermarkets, says it is starting to see a stabilisation in volumes across its key markets in the UK, the US and China that were all hit to varying degrees by the coronavirus outbreak.

Dutch processor Vion re-opens meat plant

Vion Food Group resumes production at a factory in the Netherlands that had seen more than 100 staff test positive for Covid-19. The company has re-opened the facility in the eastern Dutch town of Groenlo, which shut last month.

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