Covid outbreaks at Pilgrim’s Pride and Bernard Matthews

Covid outbreaks at Pilgrim’s Pride and Bernard Matthews

Testing for Covid-19 has revealed 170 cases at a Pilgrim Pride’s pork processing plant in Cornwall and 36 at the turkey manufacturer, Bernard Matthews site in Halton, Suffolk.

Cornwall Council confirmed that the majority of tests at Pilgrim’s Pride, conducted by the NHS under as a track and trace exercise, were negative: “In total, almost 500 employees at the factory have been tested and the vast majority of the cases who tested positive were not displaying symptoms.”

A Pilgrim’s Pride statement said: “We have worked conscientiously to do all we can to protect our workforce and the local community.”

The Bernard Matthews plant has over 1,000 workers on its Halton site and 18 tested positive at the beginning of the week, doubling to 36 within three days.

In a statement Bernard Matthews said: “We are grateful for the help of all local agencies and we fully support their objectives to protect the local community. We believe a number of cases were initiated in the community, but nevertheless we will continue to enforce our robust Covid measures as we enter into our busiest period of the year.”

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