2 Sisters farm Welsh poultry plant due to coronavirus cluster

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Poultry processors 2 Sisters Food Group has suspended the production of its Llangefni plant in Anglesey, North Wales, following the confirmation of a cluster of cases of coronavirus among workers linked to the site.Public Health Wales, said more than 50 cases have been registered, and it is reported that almost 200 people are self-isolation of a total workforce of 560.

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This follows the confirmation of the first case of Covid-19 in a worker at the factory, the 28 May, and comes despite the introduction of Plexiglas, screens and social-distancing policies.

2 Sisters had also introduced the temperature control on the employees, with the help of thermal imaging.

According to a spokesperson of the company is determined to “do the right thing” in the closure of Llangefni for two weeks. “We will not tolerate any unnecessary risks – but small in size for our loyal workforce in the establishment,” he said.

“We have worked closely over the last week Public Health Wales, Anglesey Council, the Health and Safety Executive, the FSA and the trade union Unite, which have all offered great advice, knowledge and support.”

Large birds

Llangefni is the only large group of birds of the manufacturing facilities in the united KINGDOM, with a capacity for the handling of carcasses of a weight of more than 3.5 kg, for food service customers.

It is understood that the disruption of the supply chain will be minimal, because the birds will be redirected to other 2 Sisters sites until the plant reopens its doors at the beginning of July.

The Isle of Anglesey County Council has said that it would provide suitable sites at Llangefni and Holyhead to set up testing units for 2 Sisters employees.

The head of the council Llinos Medi, said: “With a significant number of confirmed coronavirus cases among the employees, and it is a priority, not only for us on Anglesey, but for the whole of North Wales.

“Our teams work in close collaboration with colleagues in Public Health Wales, which is at the forefront of this epidemic, and to take positive measures to put an end as soon as possible.”

Paddy McNaught, regional officer of the Unite union, told BBC Wales: “It is very scary for the staff on the site to see all their colleagues to be off work and therefore a lot of people found positive to have Covid-19.”

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