New guidance issued to meat processing plants following virus outbreaks

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Welsh and UK public health and food safety authorities have issued fresh guidance to food processors following localised outbreaks of Covid-19 linked to meat processing plans in the UK and abroad.

The guidance says employees should be organised into small teams who work together, take breaks together and change clothes together. This is to take into account the fact that many employees in food production live in houses of multiple occupation and may otherwise find it difficult to self-isolate.

Additional guidance has been issued on good hygiene practices, enforcement of social distancing in the workplace, management of communal areas and contact tracing.

Health Minister, Vaughan Gething (Lab, Cardiff S. & Penarth) said: “These outbreaks show coronavirus has not gone away. They reinforce the importance of us all following social distancing guidance, continuing good basic hand hygiene and if we have symptoms, staying at home and not going to work.”