(Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry photo)

BREAKING: Worker at Chilliwack poultry farm tests positive for COVID-19

Yarrow’s Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry announced confirmed case on social media

An employee at a Yarrow poultry farm and processing facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry (FVSP) late Tuesday evening.

“On behalf of our family, we wish to inform you that one of our plant workers has tested positive for COVID-19 on the afternoon of April 28. The employee has been at home in isolation since Friday following the onset of mild symptoms.

“To our valued customers, we will continue to work with Fraser Health Authority, as well as government inspectors and officials to ensure we follow all recommended protocols, and implement all necessary precautions and procedures.”

Fraser Health has already stated that there is no evidence to suggest that food is a likely source of transmission, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

“Similar businesses to ours have not been required to recall poultry products.”

The news comes just days after an outbreak was declared at a chicken processing plant in Vancouver where 28 employees tested positive for the virus.

Days later cases popped up at a sister plant in Coquitlam.

• READ MORE: COVID-19 outbreak declared at chicken processing plant as 28 workers test positive

• READ MORE: B.C. has 29 new COVID-19 cases, second poultry plant affected

On site at the FVSP facility in Yarrow is a retail outlet, The Farm Store, which will remain open. The plant, however, is closed as of Wednesday as the company meet with officials to plan their next steps.

“We continue to urge every staff member presenting any symptoms to immediately report to human resources, and take two weeks off to stay home,” according to their Facebook post. “Should you feel any symptoms associated with the Coronavirus, we ask you to isolate, rest, and recover.

“In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, ‘Be kind, be calm and be safe.’”

• RELATED: Chilliwack poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award


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