São Paulo, 26 de March de 2020
The Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE) announces that the industrial plants of their member companies are functioning normally in order to guarantee energy and food safety for the population amid the global advance of the coronavirus pandemic. Soy, corn and soy meal exports also continue unchanged.
Our industries are located in 40 Brazilian municipalities and employ 17,000 people in these plants. The priority, at this moment, is to protect the workers and avoid contagion. The companies are therefore adopting even stricter protocols for hygiene and health to mitigate the risks of contagion. Actions, such as physical distancing and the availability of sanitisers and equipment to contain contagion, including gloves and masks, are practices that had already been adopted in the work environment of the plants. In the current scenario, these actions have been intensified, together with other special actions, so as to guarantee the safety of the workers and their environment. Furthermore, our companies continue to monitor the scenario and health protocols, both in Brazil and around the world, so that they can adopt additional control and safety actions whenever necessary.
ABIOVE’s members produce protein meal, a basic input for the animal protein industry, and vegetable oils, used daily in Brazilian homes and restaurants for cooking food and in the production of biodiesel, a renewable fuel which makes up 12% of the fuel used by the trucks that transport goods throughout Brazil.
The plants are supplied by a network of services for delivering soy and other oilseeds, from rural properties to our silos and warehouses. The transportation companies and autonomous truckers play an extremely important role in this network.
After soy meal, vegetable oil bottled for human consumption and biodiesel have been produced, they are distributed to hundreds of feed plants, thousands of retail outlets and hundreds of fuel distributors. To supply the consumers of our products, transportation companies and autonomous drivers must be guaranteed the freedom to transport cargoes. This logistic chain, which guarantees food and energy safety for Brazilians, cannot stop.
In the same way, since Brazil is one of the largest exporters of agricultural products in the world, the flow of exports must continue without interruption. This requires that the services that issue documents and port controls continue functioning. This is essential to ensure global food safety.