Brazilian prosecutors file another suit against meatpacker JBS over coronavirus conduct
RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - Federal labour prosecutors in Brazil have filed a civil suit against food processor Seara Alimentos, a division of meatpacking giant JBS SA, for failing to protect its workers from the coronavirus at two plants in the southern state of Santa Catarina, they said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 13).
里约热内卢(路透社)-巴西联邦劳工检察官周二(10月13日)在一份声明中表示，巴西联邦劳工检察官已对肉类包装巨头JBS SA旗下的食品加工商Seara Alimentos提起民事诉讼，原因是该公司未能保护其位于南部圣卡塔琳娜州的两家工厂的工人免受冠状病毒的感染。
Prosecutors allege that the company did not adequately test employees at the two facilities in the town of Itapiranga.
They also claimed that it did not properly isolate workers with symptoms of Covid-19 and brought employees back to work too soon after quarantine, among other issues.
JBS has had thousands of infections at its plants in Brazil, and prosecutors and inspectors have alleged similar conduct at the company's facilities throughout the region.
This is the eighteenth civil lawsuit Brazilian labour prosecutors have brought against the company, they said in the statement.
JBS did not have an immediate comment.
The firm has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and defended the manner in which it protects workers, saying that employee health is the company's "principal priority."