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August 04, 2020 | Reuters
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COFCO, Bunge Argentine Grain Operations Back Online

Companies' COVID-19 cases were first confirmed in country's grains port facilities

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Grains operations of COFCO are largely back online at the Chinese food company’s oilseed crushing and export plant in Timbues, Argentina, after 12 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed among workers, reports Reuters.

The 12 employees who tested positive last month are asymptomatic and 77 other workers had been tested as well, all coming up negative. 

The outage at the plant, which employs 350 workers and has an annual grains and oilseeds capacity of 6.5 million tonnes, started on July 27.

U.S. agribusiness firm Bunge briefly suspended operations last week at its facility in Puerto General San Martin, Argentina, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

A Bunge spokeswoman told Reuters on Monday that the plant “resumed operations on Friday and had no other case confirmed after more tests were done with employees.”

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