The Giumarra Companies' Grower Partner Introduces Sanitation Tunnels for Worker Safety, John Corsaro Dishes
- by Kayla Webb
LOS ANGELES, CA - Worker safety is of the utmost importance, which is why The Giumarra Companies, a marketing partner of Sonora, Mexico-based Videxport S.A. de C.V., is making a major investment to support its employee base. This investment is taking the shape of new sanitation tunnels, which will ensure continued production, quality, and worker safety during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
“Videxport’s commitment to its workers’ safety and wellbeing, evidenced by the company’s long-standing social responsibility programs and corresponding certifications, is strongly reinforced by this forward-thinking measure,” said John Corsaro, CEO of The Giumarra Companies. “We are proud to work with a grower so deeply invested in caring for its employees and producing high-quality, nutritious products. Partners like Videxport are vital in supporting our mission to feed the world in a healthy way.”
Videxport—a Fair Trade Certified™ and Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) certified grower shipping fresh watermelon, grapes, and bell peppers to the U.S. and Canada—recently installed four tunnels at its packing operation and implemented new enhancements to its existing worker safety procedures, according to a press release. Each 10-foot-long tunnel can accommodate about 20 people per minute while misting a disinfectant solution as employees walk through. This will help to safely sanitize workers and protect them against viruses and bacteria.
In addition to the tunnels, Videxport also expanded its medical capabilities by hiring a second full-time doctor and additional nurses and purchasing two new mobile clinics for its on-site worker healthcare. he new mobile clinic will supplement its on-farm healthcare clinic.
Last but certainly not least, Videxport has also implemented social distancing, staff education, and worker health monitoring measures across its 7,400-employee-strong workforce and its fields, packhouses, and worker housing.
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