A pork processing plant in Tixpeual, Mexico, that was the scene of labor unrest last week regarding COVID-19 caught fire Sunday morning, sending choking smoke into nearby communities.
The plant in Sahe is one of three owned by Keken, the largest hog producer in Mexico.
“Emergency care protocols were immediately activated and staff evacuated, and constant communications has been maintained with the authorities,’ the company Facebook page states.
On April 27, workers walked away from their job, demanding that the company investigate nearly 70 suspected cases of COVID-19 on the production floor, local media report. The following day one case was identified and everyone in contact with that person was ordered into quarantine.
Local residents barricaded a highway leading to the plant out of concern about a wider COVID-19 outbreak.