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World North Rhine-Westphalia tightened infection protection rules for meat industry

17:15  28 june  2020
17:15  28 june  2020 Source:   bunte.de

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North Rhine - Westphalia is the most-populous of the 16 states of Germany. North Rhine - Westphalia is located in western Germany covering an area of 34,084 square kilometres (13,160 sq mi)

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Im Landkreis Gütersloh steigt nach dem massiven Corona-Ausbruch beim Fleischbetrieb Tönnies die Zahl der positiven Tests in der übrigen Bevölkerung merklich an. Binnen einer Woche - vom 20. bis 26. Juni - wurden 75 Menschen positiv auf das Virus getestet. © Ina FASSBENDER In the district of Gütersloh, after the massive corona outbreak at the Tönnies meat company, the number of positive tests in the rest of the population increased noticeably. Within a week - from June 20-26 - 75 people tested positive for the virus.

After the massive corona outbreak at the Tönnies meat company, North Rhine-Westphalia is tightening the infection control regulations for the industry. In future, employees will have to be tested for the corona virus at least twice a week. Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has meanwhile announced that it will be introducing a law in July to prohibit contracts for work and temporary agency work in the core area of ​​the meat industry.

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The new infection control regulations in North Rhine-Westphalia apply from July 1. As announced by the state chancellery in Düsseldorf on Saturday, a new general rule stipulates that slaughterhouses, cutting plants and primarily meat processing companies with more than 100 employees must comply with the new test specifications - regardless of whether they are their own employees or contractors.

In addition, the companies are obliged to collect the names and addresses of all people who are on the company premises. This data must be kept for four weeks so that it can be presented to the authorities if necessary.

"The incidents in Coesfeld and Gütersloh show: Apparently the virus can spread particularly well under the conditions of a slaughterhouse or a meat processing company," said Labor and Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU). "That is why we want to significantly strengthen infection protection once again."

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In the Gütersloh district, the number of positive tests among the rest of the population has increased since the massive Corona outbreak at Tönnies. Within a week - from June 20 to 26 - 75 people who had no connection to the company were tested positive for the new corona virus, as the district of Gütersloh announced on Saturday evening.

The majority of those affected apparently showed no signs of illness. A good sign is that the number of sick people has not increased, the district said.

Voluntary tests are intended to clarify the extent to which the Corona outbreak has spread to a large number of Tönnies employees in the Gütersloh district. Because of the infections at Tönnies, tightening corona requirements have again applied to the approximately 640,000 people in the Gütersloh and Warendorf districts since Wednesday.

SPD Vice-Group Leader Katja Mast advocated nationwide tests in the industry. "I am in favor of all employees in the meat industry being tested for the corona virus," said Mast of the AFP news agency. "Multiple times if necessary," she added.

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After the German meat industry had finally spoken in favor of the federal government's planned ban on work contracts, Mast also emphasized that it was not just about work contracts. "It's also about banning agency work in the core area of ​​production, subcontracting and housing workers," she said. "The meat industry has shown us for years that it can find any loophole," criticized the SPD politician.

Minister of Labor Heil told "Welt am Sonntag" that in July he would present a "law that is legally binding" on the prohibition of work contracts and temporary agency work in the core area of ​​the industry. That is "legally demanding, but doable". If it were up to him, the law could come into force this year.

Because the debate is not just about tonnies. "It's about systemic problems in the industry that we need to address," Heil told the newspaper.

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