Princes, the UK food group owned by Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp., closed a UK facility for 24 hours this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among its workforce.

The Liverpool-based company, behind brands such as Princes canned meat and fish, Napolina oils and Crosse & Blackwell soups, shut the tinned food facility in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire in eastern England on Tuesday (23 June) for a day of deep cleaning following the outbreak which saw 14 members of staff test positive for the virus, according to UK broadcaster the BBC.

The site reopened yesterday morning (24 June).

The company’s Lynn Road site produces canned and pouched products including baked beans, soups, pulses, pasta, vegetables and sauces.

In a statement sent to the BBC, Princes said its “first priority is the well-being and safety of our colleagues” and it had been “following government advice” throughout the lockdown period by implementing social-distancing measures, adapting the work environment and ensuring an adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

It added: “A deep clean of the facilities these colleagues used was also conducted, alongside further stringent cleaning across the site.

“We remain in close contact with Public Health England and Fenland District Council so they are fully informed of our approach and developments at the site.”

just-food has contacted Princes for further information.