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Meat sector has second highest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe

Report highlights issues such as shared accommodation for low-paid workers who carpool to save costs

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

5th July, 2020
Ireland recorded 1,056 Covid-19 cases across 19 meat plants and this figure was the second highest in Europe, coming just behind Germany’s meat industry

Ireland’s meat sector recorded the second highest number of Covid-19 infections in Europe, with difficult working and living conditions, fewer inspections and a slow response to outbreaks contributing to the high number of cases, a new trade union report has claimed.

The report from the European Federation of Food Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) catalogues the reasons for and responses to large outbreaks of Covid-19 in meat factories across Europe.

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