Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

Coronavirus outbreak at Greggs factory as staff test positive for Covid-19

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There has been a coronavirus outbreak at a Greggs factory north of Newcastle.

A "small number" of the 300 workers at the bakery chain's Balliol production hub have tested positive for Covid-19, and bosses have moved to close down production.

The company is now working with local public health teams to minimise the impact on the wider community, and insists sausage roll supplies won't be affected.

"Following a small number of colleagues having tested positive for Covid-19 at our Balliol manufacturing facility, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop production as a precautionary measure to keep our teams as safe as possible," a Greggs spokesperson told Sky News.

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They said even though production has halted, a large reserve of frozen stock will ensure supplies reach their 1,700 shops around the UK.

"We do not foresee any stock shortages in our shops at this time" the spokesperson said.

Food factories around the UK have been plagued with outbreaks of the virus which have forced staff into isolation and halted supply chains.

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