Asda meat factory confirms ‘local outbreak’ of coronavirus and closes site – Latest News

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Following an announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock that Kirklees has reported a “local outbreak” of the virus, Kober LTD and Asha have issued a joint statement confirming it originated at their factory.

Kober LTD, owned by logistics company IPL which is itself owned by Asda, has a factory in Cleckheaton, Kirklees which supplies the national supermarket chain with meat products.

Kober LTD and Asda have issued a statement confirming an outbreak at the factory in Cleckheaton and have voluntarily closed the site, saying self-isolating workers will be paid

It’s the second outbreak at a UK meat factory

Asda has confirmed one of its meat factories is the source of a coronavirus outbreak.

“We have existing strict safety measures in place on the site, however as a precautionary measure we have voluntarily closed the site to protect colleagues and prevent any further transmission.

“As soon as we became aware that some colleagues at our Kober site may have Covid-19, we responded swiftly and worked collaboratively with the local authority and Public Health England to test all colleagues,” they said.

Kirklees Council has released its own statement responding to the workplace outbreak.

“Colleagues who need to self-isolate will receive full pay and we aim to reopen the facility early next week. We’re grateful to the Kirklees Council and Public Health England for their support through this process.”

“I’d like to reassure everyone that as soon as we became aware of this issue, we acted quickly to work with the business and their staff to limit any further potential spread of Covid-19.

“We have been providing support and advice to both the management and employees in order to minimise any further transmission,” the council’s Director of Public Health Rachel Spencer-Henshall said.

“This further highlights that it’s still absolutely crucial that we all continue to follow social distancing guidance, wash our hands regularly and seek testing if we develop symptoms.”

Meanwhile a second outbreak has been confirmed at a chicken processing plant in North Wales.

2 Sisters is one of the UK’s biggest food producers, supplying a third of all poultry products consumed by Brits every day.

Food group 2 Sisters has “temporarily suspended production” at the plant in Llangfeni after 13 cases were confirmed among staff, and now at least 110 workers are said to be self-isolating.

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