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Workers Sent Home Following Covid-19 Outbreak At Haribo Factory In Yorkshire

Workers Sent Home Following Covid-19 Outbreak At Haribo Factory In Yorkshire

Workers at a Haribo factory in Yorkshire have been sent home following an outbreak of coronavirus.

Ten employees have tested positive for Covid-19 at the plant in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, and they are now self-isolating - as are those who have come into close contact with the infected staff members.

Ten employees have tested positive for coronavirus at the Haribo factory. Credit: PA
Ten employees have tested positive for coronavirus at the Haribo factory. Credit: PA

A Haribo spokesperson told The Sun: "We can confirm that ten individuals at our Pontefract site have tested positive for Covid-19.

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"PHE has been notified and they have confirmed that the processes, controls and measures that we have in place are more than satisfactory.

"Each individual and those that have been in close contact are now self-isolating.

"As a business we have consistently gone above and beyond the guidance set by the Government and follow strict internal standards around the health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, which is our top priority.

"We continue to enforce robust measures throughout our business."

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Haribo is by no means the first popular food manufacturer to be hit by such an outbreak, though.

In August, Greggs confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus at its bakery distribution centre in Bramley, Leeds.

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Public Health England could not confirm the exact number of cases, but told BBC News the figure was 'less than 20'.

Roger Whiteside, CEO of Greggs, said in a statement: "Following a number of our staff testing positive for Covid-19 at our Leeds distribution depot, we have taken immediate action to implement our Covid response plan and we are working closely with Leeds City Council and Public Health England to ensure that we minimise any possible impact on our customers and the wider community in Leeds and the surrounding area."

Lucy Jackson, Leeds City Council's Deputy Director of Public Health, added: "Following further testing, more staff have been identified as being positive.

"This highlights why further testing and contact tracing is so important, which Greggs is proactively undertaking."

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Topics: UK News, Coronavirus

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