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California Poultry Plant’s Deadly Virus Spread Draws Court Order

Dec. 23, 2020, 8:41 PM

A California judge ordered Foster Farms LLC to comply with coronavirus safety protocols after a labor union claimed in a lawsuit that inadequate measures at a chicken processing plant helped cause illness among 400 workers and nine deaths.

California Superior Court Judge Donald Proietti said at a hearing Wednesday in Merced that the United Farm Workers union had raised sufficient concerns about whether Foster Farms has been following the safety guidelines it had agreed to with public health regulators.

As many as one in 12 cases of Covid-19 during the early stage of the pandemic in the U.S. can be ...