Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

Peanut shelling facility reopens after being closed

PORTALES (KSEL)- A New Mexico peanut company located in Portales will reopen its shelling facility after it was closed temporarily last week when workers tested positive for COVID-19.

KRQE News 13 reports, the Severn Peanut Company in Portales says there were fewer than ten positive cases before they stopped production.

According to a Severn Peanut Company announcement released last week, the Borden peanut shelling facility temporarily closed after there were “several positive tests for COVID-19” among staff members. Severn said in the release it has instituted a series of processes and protocols with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, face masks for employees, shift flexibility and public closure of facilities.

Of the four facilities the company operates, the peanut shelling facility was the only one of return positive results. The facility stated that officials have cleaned the facility, as well as cooperated with the New Mexico Department of Health to get its employees tested.

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