Upstate chicken processing plant confirms some employees tested positive for coronavirus

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(Above video is the latest South Carolina coronavirus numbers.)An Upstate chicken processing plant has confirmed to WYFF News 4 that some of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.WYFF News 4 asked company officials for more information after receiving anonymous tips about employees testing positive for the novel coronavirus.The tips come after the company set up several pop-up sales in recent weeks to sell 40-pound boxes of chicken for $40 to the general public.Some of those sales were scheduled, then canceled. Viewers asked if the cancellations were due to the cases of coronavirus, but a spokesman said that is not the case.House of Raeford manager of corporate communications and sustainability Dave Witter released the following statement: “We can reconfirm that there have been a very small number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Greenville operation. “It is important to emphasize that the safety and quality of the food we produce is, of course, a high priority for House of Raeford Farms. “Based on statements from the CDC, USDA, and FDA, there is currently ‘no evidence to support transmission of the COVID-19 virus associated with food.'”Our processing facilities will continue to maintain the highest standards of food safety in cooperation with the USDA. “The recent sales that were cancelled in Greenville County, including Simpsonville, were due to lack of adequate space at the sites to handle additional trailers we intended to bring. Those sales were replaced with other more suitable locations outside of the county. “The only sale we have scheduled this week out of the Greenville facility is in Fletcher, North Carolina, at the WNC Agricultural Center. “Fortunately, orders from our regular customers, particularly restaurants and further processors, are beginning to increase as some businesses begin to reopen. Therefore, we do not have as much excess product as we had over the past month.”The company did not release the exact number of employees who tested positive.

(Above video is the latest South Carolina coronavirus numbers.)

An Upstate chicken processing plant has confirmed to WYFF News 4 that some of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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WYFF News 4 asked company officials for more information after receiving anonymous tips about employees testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

The tips come after the company set up several pop-up sales in recent weeks to sell 40-pound boxes of chicken for $40 to the general public.

Some of those sales were scheduled, then canceled.

Viewers asked if the cancellations were due to the cases of coronavirus, but a spokesman said that is not the case.

House of Raeford manager of corporate communications and sustainability Dave Witter released the following statement:

“We can reconfirm that there have been a very small number of employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 at our Greenville operation.

“It is important to emphasize that the safety and quality of the food we produce is, of course, a high priority for House of Raeford Farms.

“Based on statements from the CDC, USDA, and FDA, there is currently ‘no evidence to support transmission of the COVID-19 virus associated with food.’

“Our processing facilities will continue to maintain the highest standards of food safety in cooperation with the USDA.

“The recent sales that were cancelled in Greenville County, including Simpsonville, were due to lack of adequate space at the sites to handle additional trailers we intended to bring. Those sales were replaced with other more suitable locations outside of the county.

“The only sale we have scheduled this week out of the Greenville facility is in Fletcher, North Carolina, at the WNC Agricultural Center.

“Fortunately, orders from our regular customers, particularly restaurants and further processors, are beginning to increase as some businesses begin to reopen. Therefore, we do not have as much excess product as we had over the past month.”

The company did not release the exact number of employees who tested positive.


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