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Alberta/Canadian-Media: A criminal investigation by RCMP in Alberta has been launched in a COVID-19 death due to a massive Alberta' Cargill meat plant outbreak, media reports said.
Cargill Meat plant. Image credit: Wikipedia
It is the first known instance in Canada of police investigating a workplace-related COVID-19 death when Ariana Quesada, 16, lodged a formal complaint on Jan 8 in High River, Alberta to police to probe potential criminal negligence in the death of her father, Benito Quesada.
In the largest workplace outbreak in Canada, nearly half of the workforce of 950 staff, including Benito Quesada at the Cargill plant tested positive for COVID-19 by early May.
Benito Quesada, a 51-year-old immigrant from Mexico supporting a wife and four children was hospitalized with COVID-19 in mid-April, where he died in May.
Slaughterhouses and meat-processing facilities were deemed essential by governments, as part of the national food supply chain.
Cargill continued operating until April 20, when it was shut down for two weeks because of the surging outbreak among its staff.
In an email statement on Saturday, Cargill spokesperson Daniel Sullivan said since the beginning of the pandemic, it has worked closely with provincial health and occupational health and safety officials.
"Maintaining a safe workplace has long been one of our core values, and we recognize that the well-being of our plant employees is integral to our business and to the continuity of the food supply chain throughout Canada," the statement read.