BRF REINFORCES ITS BIOSAFETY PRECAUTIONS AFTER SWINE FEVER OUTBREAKS IN CHINA
Company professionals returning from abroad or scheduling international trips undergo a 72-hour quarantine, with visitors also subject to these rules
Following the swine fever outbreaks in China, BRF has launched an internal campaign to raise awareness among employees on the importance of a 72-hour quarantine after returning from abroad. This means that any employee who has travelled outside Brazil is prohibited from entering the company’s facilities for a period of three days after their trip.
With this measure, BRF is aligned with the good practices established by the Ministry of Agriculture to avoid the transmission of any viruses from outside Brazil, which is free from various diseases and maintains rigid policies to remain so. "Given that safety and quality are two of BRF’s three non-negotiable commitments, we launched an internal campaign to alert employees to the importance of following to the letter our internal policy on travel,” explained Neil Peixoto, quality, R&D and sustainability officer.
Employees returning from abroad and observing quarantine are instructed to work from home, since the company offers tools for working remotely. “With operations outside Brazil, our executives often travel abroad, which is why we must always stay alert and provide the tools and technologies that properly support them," said Neil.
Despite not posing risks to human health, swine fever is a disease that affects pigs and causes high mortality rates, resulting in large production losses and international trade barriers. The swine fever virus, which is highly resistant to environment and processing, can remain on pork products and on the clothing of people who have visited risk areas. Accordingly, BRF observes the mandatory quarantine, which is one of the biosafety measures to ensure the health of the entire production chain, and adopts special measures that are disseminated in the company’s internal campaign, such as:
- when travelling abroad, never bring foreign pork products into the country;
- wash all of the clothing, backpacks, bags and shoes used during your trip;
- never visit pig operations in affected areas;
- sanitize your
smartphone, tablet, notebook and
watch with alcohol after returning.
BRF is one of the largest food companies in the world, with more than 30 brands in its portfolio, including Sadia, Perdigão, Qualy, Paty, Dánica, Bocatti and Vienissima. Its products are marketed in more than 150 countries, on five continents. More than 90,000 employees work in the company, which maintains more than 50 factories in eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Malaysia, UK, Thailand and Turkey).