US-based surimi maker Shining Ocean has been fined $56,000 (€53,000) for not enforcing mask use and other rules during a Nov. 4, 2021, staff meeting, directly leading to the spread of COVID-19, which resulted in 16 workers becoming infected, one of whom died.

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), the employee, a 65-year-old man, died after contracting COVID at a company staff meeting.

During that meeting, the investigation found most of the 23 people in attendance did not wear masks.