A cluster of coronavirus cases in two factories in Llangefni, North Wales are being treated as a priority. ’
The factory unions were told there are 13 cases of covid-19 among staff members with 100 self-isolation as a precaution, the BBC of Wales said today.
Paddy McNaught, regional manager of the Unite union, told the program: “It is very scary for the staff on site to see all of their colleagues to be on sick leave and therefore many people find it positive to have Covid-19.
“It is clearly very scary time and people are concerned, but we are doing everything we can to help staff members through our representatives on site and with society in taking steps to make it an environment as safe as possible. ”
Owner 2 Sisters Food Group has not confirmed the number of cases.
The company is one of the largest food producers in the UK, with brands like Fox Biscuits and Holland Pies, and customers such as supermarkets and Marks & Spencer. According to its website, 2 Sisters produces around a third of all poultry products consumed daily in the UK.
A statement issued by the Isle of Anglesey County Council said: “The North Wales Regional Test, Trace, Protect team is to respond to the cluster of coronavirus cases at 2 Plant sisters in Llangefni as a priority, and supporting the workplace.
“The main bodies, including Wales Public Health, Betsi Cadwaladr of the University Health Council, Executive Health and Safety Council and both Anglesey and Gwynedd Councils work together to support and to advise the employer and the employees who tested positive, with their contacts. ”
A spokesperson for 2 Sisters said: “As a business manager our priority is to continue to provide maximum workplace safety and support to all colleagues in Llangefni, as we have done successfully for three months without a single positive case reported on the site.
“The health and safety of each colleague is of paramount importance to us, which is why we have had a series of measures in place for quite some time, including regular and intensive cleaning and disinfection of diets, the wearing protective clothing, visors in production areas, and implementing social distance throughout the plant.
“We are constantly reviewing and evolving these measures to reassure them and protect all colleagues, and have redoubled our efforts since the positive cases have been confirmed. For example, we have now introduced thermal, temperature control at the entrance and employed commissioners to ensure social distance is maintained in high traffic areas. “