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Warwickshire food company reduces production levels after covid cases confirmed

Editorial Correspondent 9th Nov, 2020 Updated: 9th Nov, 2020

A FOOD manufacturer in Leamington is being supported by health organisations after a number of covid cases was confirmed among its employees.

Affected individuals are self-isolating at home for at least 10 days, with their contacts isolating for 14 days.

Support from Warwickshire County Council and Public Health England has included testing for a wider group of the 200-strong workforce. After additional asymptomatic cases were identified, the decision was taken to temporarily step-down production with a reduced workforce over the next nine days.

Public Health for Warwickshire consultant Nadia Inglis, Consultant said: “We are working at pace with Shire Foods management team to ensure we manage the situation, control any infection spread and then move to safely restore the business to normal procedures. We are grateful to the wide range of partners, who have supported this process, with their specialist expertise. We will continue to work to protect the health of the employees at Shire Foods as well as the wider community”.

Shire Foods MD Michael Tzirki added: “The move is precautionary, but the safety of our staff is paramount. This will have no effect on customers, as we will continue to supply them as normal from inventory. Production will resume next Thursday and return to normal levels from Thursday November 19.”

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