A total of 33 COVID-19 cases have been identified among the 330 people that work at the factory, with all staff that have tested positive – or who have been identified as contacts – asked to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus.
An incident management team comprising representatives from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Gwynedd Council, Public Health Wales and Shropshire Council was established to manage the outbreak
Necessary control measures
A statement issued by Gwynedd Council said: “The multi-agency team is working closely with the company to control the situation by ensuring that the necessary control measures are in place to eliminate transmission.
“We send our best wishes to all who have been impacted and urge them to continue to follow the advice provided to help stop the spread of the virus. Anyone who develops any COVID-19 symptoms are urged to self-isolate and arrange a test immediately.”
Everyone affected by the outbreak has been contacted by the local Test, Trace and Protect teams and provided with additional advice for themselves, their household and other contacts.
Food and drink manufacturers from across the UK continue to report outbreaks and clusters of COVID-19 cases in their factories.
Last month, Premier Foods confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases at its Mr Kipling bakery in Stoke on Trent. The manufacturer confirmed a ‘small number’ of employees had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but declined to reveal the exact number affected.
In February, an employee at Muller Milk and Ingredient's Droitwich, Worcestershire site died from COVID-19, with 16 other employees reported to have gone into self-isolation as a result of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Government must recognise the impact of the hospitality sector's shutdown on its suppliers, and act urgently to support the supply chain, according to a House of Commons committee report.