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Covid-19 outbreak at meat packing factory which supplies Asda sees site close

A meat packing factory in Yorkshire which supplies Asda has been temporarily shut due to a Covid-19 outbreak. 

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Covid-19 outbreak at meat packing factory which supplies Asda sees site close

Kober Ltd, near Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire, owned by Asda since 2016, temporarily ceased production on Monday June 15 in response to reports of a Covid-19 outbreak.

 

About 100 workers have been identified as contacts through the mobile test and trace scheme after a small number of cases were confirmed.

 

It comes as 2 Sisters suspended production at its Llangefni site, Anglesey, Wales with more than 100 workers self-isolating from the virus.


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A spokesperson for Asda and Kober Ltd said: “As soon as we became aware that some colleagues at our Kober site may have Covid-19, we responded swiftly and worked collaboratively with the local authority and Public Health England to test all colleagues.

 

“We have existing strict safety measures in place on the site, however as a precautionary measure we have voluntarily closed the site to protect colleagues and prevent any further transmission.

 

“Colleagues who need to self-isolate will receive full pay and we aim to reopen the facility early next week. We are grateful to the Kirklees Council and Public Health England for their support through this process.”

 

Farmers Guardian understands the local authority and public health deemed the site safe to remain open but Asda took precautionary measures to voluntarily close the facility.

 

The site is expected to reopen next week.

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