Of the 285 workers at the site, 95 are now in self-isolation. The company using its network of dairies to help minimise disruption to its customers.
A spokesman for Müller said: “With support from Public Health England and the local council we are ensuring that the entire workforce at Bridgwater is being tested for the presence of COVID-19.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are placing the safety of our employees first and following best practice as set down by the Health and Safety Executive.”
Automation beating disruption
Müller stressed that its production line was highly automated, ensuring there was not risk to products.
“A rigorous deep cleaning regime has been and remains in place throughout the facility alongside mandatory measures like distancing, ensuring adequate ventilation, wearing of face coverings and ensuring personal hygiene,” the spokesman added.
“We are grateful to our colleagues for their diligence in following guidelines in the workplace, while travelling and in the community, and to Somerset County Council for supporting the rapid testing required to help control this outbreak.”
Mass COVID-19 tests
This week also saw the Government announce plans to roll out mass COVID testing for thousands of food and drink factories and distribution centres across the country, following a successful trial led by Tate & Lyle.
Food companies would be provide with up to six weeks’ worth of free tests during the initial phase, with workers tested twice a week. Plans have also been made to allow these tests to be conducted daily.
Tate & Lyle said the trials had allowed them to identify asymptomatic employees who, if left undetected, could have spread the infection throughout the factory.
Meanwhile, positive cases of COVID-19 at 2 Sisters’ Coupar Angus plant have increased to 63, as cases in the local area continue to rise.