Another UK plant owned by Germany-headquartered dairy giant Müller has been affected by Covid-19.
An employee at the facility run by Müller Milk & Ingredients in Droitwich, a town in the English Midlands county of Worcestershire, has died from the virus. The staff member had been off work since 30 December due to a “personal matter”, a company spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this deeply upsetting time.”
A further 26 workers are self-isolating out of a total employee count in Droitwich of 607.
“It is important to stress that fresh milk processing is highly automated, ensuring no risk to products,” the statement read.
Another Müller plant in Somerset, south-west England, recorded the death of an employee in January, along with scores of positive cases, despite measures to protect workers.
Commenting on the situation in Droitwich, the spokesperson said: “We have introduced mandatory temperature testing for all employees at the site entrance, hired designated Covid-19 coaches to help ensure full compliance with strict protocols, and we are redoubling our advice to help ensure that transmission is minimised in the community and through travel.
“This is underpinned by a programme of e-learning, information and audits to ensure compliance and awareness of the measures.
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“Our approach to the Covid-19 pandemic has always followed best practice as set down by the Health and Safety Executive, with standard measures in place including the use of face masks, distancing, enhanced daily deep cleaning and hygiene.
“The health and safety of all our employees is our first priority.”