Maple Leaf Foods, the Canada-based meat packer, said four employees have tested positive for Covid-19 at two of its plants.

One of the cases has been reported at the company’s Heritage facility in Hamilton and three at the Brampton Poultry plant, Maple Leaf said in a statement today (8 April), adding all four are now recovering at home. 

All workers that had any contact with the infected workers have gone into quarantine.

Production has been suspended at Brampton, while the Hamilton site is “operating normally”.

“After consultation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which regulates and inspects our plants, we have decided to suspend operations temporarily at our Brampton Poultry plant beginning today to allow us to conduct a thorough investigation and a deep clean of the plant,” the statement read.

“We hope to complete the investigation and the deep cleaning as quickly as possible so that we can restore operations at our Brampton Poultry plant.”

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Maple Leaf said it had employed all the recommended safety measures at its plants, including social distancing and tracing, cleaning and sanitation.

“Our front-line team members in plants and sites are the true heroes, as they report every day to continue making food people need,” Maple Leaf said. “To show our appreciation and to help with any additional expenses our team members incur as a result of the pandemic, we are providing weekly bonuses.”