Greencore has announced that, in consultation with the Department of Health & Social Care, Public Health England and other government bodies, it has taken the decision to temporarily cease production at its Northampton facility.
In a statement, the M&S sandwich maker said that this is a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the Northampton area and at the site.
Earlier this month, 300 workers at its East Midlands, UK production facility tested positive for COVID-19.
'This decision will allow all remaining colleagues at the site to self-isolate as a precautionary measure, and has been taken as part of the region’s ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our colleagues safe,' Greencore said.
The company stated that it has moved a proportion of production from the Northampton facility to other sites within the Greencore network, and are working with the affected customer to help mitigate any shortfall.
'We have been in constant contact with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council and other government bodies, who have been hugely understanding and supportive of our response,' Greencore said.
'We will continue to work closely with them in order to bring the site back safely into production as soon as possible, as colleagues who are self-isolating begin to return,' it added.
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