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Scotlyn Sweetpac Growers Inc. faces additional charges after COVID outbreak last year

It comes after a 55-year-old migrant worker died of COVID-19
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A Norfolk County farm is facing numerous charges after nearly 200 migrant workers contracted COVID-19 last year.

Scotlyn Sweetpac Growers Inc. initially faced seven charges.

Now, the farm is facing 20 additional charges.

Ten against the company as a whole and ten against Scott Biddle, President and CEO of Scotlynn Group.

The charges have been laid under the the Reopening Ontario Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

It comes after a 55-year-old migrant worker Juan López Chaparro died of COVID-19 after working on the farm.

The charges claim it failed to take measures "including social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment to protect workers from the transmission of COVID-19 at the workplace," among other charges.

No of the charges have been proven in court.

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