A “cluster” of coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the 2 Sisters chicken processing plant in Llangefni, North Wales.
As of today, the poultry facility will close for 14 days, with staff being asked to self-isolate during this time.
According to its website, 2 Sisters produces around a third of all poultry products eaten every day in the UK.
The company’s portfolio includes brands such as Fox Biscuits and Holland’s Pies, and lists Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and Aldi among its customers.
In a statement on its website, the company said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues is ultimately the thing that matters most at our business. We are a responsible company with people at its core. Without our people we are nothing.
“Therefore in light of the current Covid-19 cases at our Llangefni site, we have decided to take the necessary action to clearly demonstrate how seriously we take this issue by doing the right thing.
“Doing the right thing means from today (Thursday June 18th) we will temporarily suspend production at our Llangefni site with immediate effect for a period of 14 days.
“We will not tolerate any unnecessary risks – however small – for our existing loyal workforce at the facility.”
The company also announced that it has been working closely with Public Health Wales, Anglesey Council, the Health & Safety Executive, FSA and the Unite union, who have provided advice, scientific knowledge and support on the matter.
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