Four other workers are in quarantine as a precaution

Four other workers are in quarantine as a precaution

One of US food group Lancaster Colony's employees has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now in self-isolation at home.

The Ohio-based firm made the announcement in a statement on Friday (3 April), which said the member of staff had reported the illness earlier in the week and was not at work at the time. The employee is now under quarantine for 14 days on full pay.

Another four workers who had been in contact with the employee concerned are also now in quarantine as a precaution. Meanwhile, the company has performed extensive cleaning and sanitation at the site.

Nasdaq-listed Lancaster Colony supplies retail and foodservice channels and said it is "undergoing unprecedented shifts in demand" as a result of coronavirus. "Through the uncertainty of it all, our teammates in our factories and distribution centres and our truck drivers continue to work tirelessly to meet the unprecedented shifts in demand," it said.

Lancaster Colony's product offering in the retail segment includes the Marzetti range of dips and dressings, breads and croutons from New York Brand Bakery, and bread rolls under the Sister Schubert's line. 

In 2018, the company closed a US$34m deal for New York-based Bantam Bagels, which produces frozen mini stuffed bagels and mini stuffed pancakes, through its wholly-owned subsidiary T. Marzetti Company. It also acquired contract manufacturer Omni Baking the same year.

Other Covid-19-related measures the business has taken to ensure the safety of employees includes social distancing at their work and break areas, staggering shifts and breaks, "enhancing" its paid leave policy and getting staff to work from home where possible.