Covid-19 outbreak confirmed in Cranswick Country Foods plant

A number of cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at a meat processing plant in Norfolk.

Cranswick Country Foods in Watton is one of several meat processing plants to have suffered outbreaks with others such as Banham Poultry and Bernard Matthews also experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks.

Cranswick also has poultry processing sites at Kenninghall, Norfolk, and Yaxley, Suffolk.

170 Pilgrim’s Pride Works test positive

Over 170 workers at a meat processing plant in Cornwall have tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of October.

Most of the cases at the Pilgrim’s Pride factory in Pool were asymptomatic according to the local public health team.

A spokesperson for Pilgrim’s Pride said:

From the outset we have worked conscientiously to do all we can to protect our workforce and the local community.

“Our teams have been working extremely hard in collaboration with the local authority and public health to manage this challenging situation, and have bravely conducted themselves with professionalism and integrity as they continue to play their important role in maintaining the UK food supply chain.”

Rachel Wigglesworth, interim director for Public Health for Cornwall Council, said:

“Our team has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic, and have strengthened our local Covid-19 contact tracing approach to help detect cases early, prevent spread and support people to self-isolate.

We’ve quickly identified and tested hundreds of people, and in finding people who weren’t displaying symptoms we have potentially stopped much wider spread in our communities.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation and appreciate the cooperation of Pilgrim’s Pride Ltd. and their employees.”