It was a false alarm, when the Danish Crown on Wednesday last week announced that four employees at one of their slaughterhouses in Essen in Germany were tested positive for infection with the coronavirus.
This was stated by the Danish company in a press release Monday.
The four employees were initially tested positive in a test program, which Danish Crown has taken itself in collaboration with a local laboratory and the company's fixed doctor.
But by the authorities ' subsequent test showed the staff nevertheless not to be infected.
- the Explanation is that the tests we even get made, give a very fast result, but in turn have to take another test before the infection is conclusively demonstrated, says Andreas Rode, who is the plant manager at the slaughterhouse in Essen, in the press release.
- We have chosen to move swiftly, if we get positive tests, indicating a possible infection, we would rather be being over cautious than the opposite of the way to ensure us the best possible, he continues.
the Mention of the positive tests, according to the press release meant that the chinese authorities last week closed down the export of grisekød from the slaughterhouse in Essen to China.
- It is very a pity that we ended up in this situation, but conversely, we knew that the chinese authorities are very vigilant, when it comes to imports from the slaughterhouses with the outbreak of the corona, says Lars Albertsen, who is the global sales director of Danish Crown Pork, in a press release.
- Now we do everything we can to get the good news to the chinese authorities, so we are hopefully relatively quickly re-exports from Essen to China.
the Danish Crown and the German authorities have decided that the four employees should be quarantined for the next 14 days to be on the safe side.
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