COVID-19 outbreak identified at Coquitlam fruit and vegetable plant


The Coquitlam processing plant has long since become the last site of a community COVID-19 epidemic.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said two cases have been confirmed at the Oppenheimer Group, a fruit and vegetable processing plant shaded by the Port Mann bridge.

“The public health investigation is underway, tracing of contracts is underway and the plant remains open for the time being,” said Henry.

The two cases are among the 15 new cases identified in the province on Friday, May 15, and mark the latest foray into the region’s food supply chain.

A day earlier, Coquitlam’s Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. – site of the largest outbreak in a food processing plant in British Columbia. – was reopened after a major epidemic involving 61 people was declared over. However, several workers remain isolated, sick with COVID-19 or waiting for the 14-day incubation period.

The Tri-City News attempted to contact the Oppenheimer group, but no one was immediately available to comment.

Oppenheimer is one of the province’s oldest product distributors, founded for the first time in the 1850s by two brothers who moved to British Columbia. during the gold rush.

Based in Coquitlam, the company has offices across the Americas. He also claims to have been the first to introduce the Granny Smith apple to the North American market and the first kiwis in Canada.

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