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Meatpacker JBS Fined $15,615 After Deadly Covid-19 Outbreak

  • OSHA fine came after similar one issued for Smithfield Foods
  • Company, which lost six workers, says citation ‘without merit’
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JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat producer, was issued a $15,615 fine for failing to protect staff from the coronavirus in a Colorado facility where at least six workers have reportedly died.

The fine from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, announced late Friday, came one day after U.S. regulators issued a penalty of $13,494 for a similar infraction by Smithfield Foods Inc., the first sanction against a meatpacker connected with a deadly Covid-19 outbreak.