Taitung Meat Market Shuttered Due to Outbreak 台東肉品市場傳人員確診 今起休市4天

A meat product market in Taitung announced that it would close for four days starting from the 20th after 4 of the 5 butchers were infected. The news resulted in shoppers flocking to markets to stock up on pork.


Taitung County's meat product market has been shut down for disinfection in the wake of a cluster infection. As four butchers in one production line tested positive, retired butchers have been recruited to come back to work. However, the market now won't reopen until May 24 due to the manpower shortage.

Hsu Chia-hao, Director, Agriculture Department, Taitung County: “Even though we've asked former workers that have since retired to come back and we have also provided administrative workers to help, we still can't cope.”

The news resulted in many shoppers heading to the market to stock up on pork. The Taitung County Agriculture Department says the ROC Swine Association provided additional 100-plus hogs to the market on the 19th to stabilize demand. Pork vendors at the produce market also prepared a larger supply than usual.

Mr. Hsu, Pork Vendor: “We can't work for several days but we still had to have pork in stock for customers.”

Ms. Kuo, Citizen: “How much more did I buy? Enough to last me these few days (when the market is closed).”

The county government says the infected workers can return to work on the 24th and it will ask the meat markets in Hualien or Pingtung for help if the labor or pork shortage continues.

 

 

 

台東縣肉品市場傳出群聚確診,星期三有員工快篩陽性,肉品市場這兩天都在消毒。由於關鍵生產線的5位「操刀手」有4人確診,分切肉品人力吃緊,雖然緊急找回退休員工來協助,還是無法正常運作,肉品市場被迫宣布休市4天,下週二才會正常供應肉品。

台東縣農業處長許家豪表示:「即使我們徵召了以前都已經退休了、都70幾歲的,以前的工作夥伴也都回來,而且我們還有包括,我們行政人員全部投入到整個屠宰線上,但是大家還是沒有辦法負荷。」

菜市場裡,來買豬肉的民眾也多了起來,而且比平常多買了一些豬肉。台東縣農業處表示,肉品市場員工發生確診後,跟養豬協會協商,會員們決定原本每天供應2百多頭豬,19號就多提供1百多頭豬,穩定市場需求,菜市場的豬肉攤商也比平常多準備一倍的量,供應民眾的需求。

豬肉攤商許先生指出:「這次休那麼多天,有的人要來買,不能沒有貨。」

民眾郭女士說:「多買多少,就是這幾天(休市)的量要買起來。」

縣府表示,肉品市場確診的操刀手預計下週二可以恢復上班,但如果還發生人力不足、影響肉品供應,縣府也有備案,還有花蓮和屏東的肉品市場,可以向他們請求支援,不會影響肉品正常供應。

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