Jasper-based Farbest Foods Inc. says it will shut down its turkey processing plant in Huntingburg on Monday and Tuesday as it responds to positive cases of COVID-19 amongs its workers.
Farbest said it was testing all its employees on Friday. Employees who test negative will be able to return to work on May 20.
The Dubois County-based company is one of the biggest turkey processors and exporters of turkey meat in the U.S.
According to WEHT-TV in Evansville, Farbest Foods had previously confirmed 42 employees at its Huntingburg facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Testing all employees at the Huntingburg plant is out of an overabundance of caution, as local and state health authorities do not believe there is spread of COVID-19 occurring within the plant at this time,” said company president Ted Seger in a statement.
The company also has a plant in Vincennes. Farbest employs about 1,400 workers between the two packing plants.