March 30, 2020
Potato processing company Lamb Weston has temporarily stopped work at its French fry production plant in Pasco, WA because a worker at the facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus, several local news organizations reported.
The plant will close for sanitization and reopen in about three to seven days, company spokesperson Shelby Stoolman said in coverage by The Tri-City Herald. The ill worker is receiving treatment and is in quarantine.
“Our priority is to provide a safe environment for our team members who have been working hard to ensure we continue to provide food during this time, and we have temporarily shut down the site to complete a full sanitation of the facility,” Stoolman said in a statement published by CBS News affiliate KEPR. “The plant will reopen for operations as soon as this process is complete.”
Also this week, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that Perdue Farms temporarily stopped operations at its Milford, DE poultry plant after two employees contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
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