Coronavirus: Asda meat factory shuts down following outbreak
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The Kober Ltd meat factory, owned by supermarket giant Asda, was closed in Yorkshire after an outbreak of the corona virus was confirmed.
"We took strict security measures on the website, but as a precaution, we voluntarily closed the website to protect colleagues and prevent further transmission," the company said in a statement emailed to Yahoo Finance.
"As soon as we found that some of our colleagues at our Kober site might have Covid-19, we responded quickly and worked with the local authority and Public Health England to test all of the colleagues," he added.
The company said that colleagues who need to isolate themselves will receive full payment and intend to reopen the facility early next week.
The news was confirmed by Asda after Secretary of Health Matt Hancock told the Downing Street press conference that a localized outbreak had occurred in the West Yorkshire region.
The factory was the third food factory in Britain within two days to confirm an outbreak, the other cases were in Wales.
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Production was discontinued at a chicken factory in North Wales, owned by the 2 Sisters Food Group and employing 560 people after an outbreak was reported.
2 Sisters Food Group is one of the largest food producers in the UK. Brands include Fox's Biscuits and Holland's Pies, as well as customers such as supermarkets, KFC and Marks & Spencer.
In the city of Wrexham, 38 employees at Rowan Foods tested positive. A spokesman for Oscar Mayer, who runs the facility, said a track and trace process had been implemented in the factory to prepare food for supermarkets and chains such as Greggs and Subway.
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