By Ana Mano
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A Brazilian labor court on Saturday ruled that JBS SA (SA:) can reopen its chicken processing plant in the southern state of Santa Catarina, according to a copy of the decision seen by Reuters.
The plant, which employs about 1,500 people and had been closed since May 18 following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, can process about 135,000 birds per day.
JBS confirmed the favorable injunction issued on May 30 by Labor Judge Paula dos Anjos.
A company spokeswoman said resumption of activities at that plant, located in the small town of Ipumirim, would avoid the culling of thousands of chickens.
Press reports have pegged the number of chickens facing culling at 650,000.
A separate Brazilian court ruling on May 28 had made it mandatory for JBS to boost protection for workers as it reopened the plant, including mandatory distancing of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet), among other measures.
When the plant was…