Sandwich factory Greencore said some staff members are now self-isolating

A total of 292 employees at a sandwich factory which supplies Marks & Spencer have tested positive for Covid-19.

Greencore, based in Northampton, said the staff who received positive results are all self-isolating.

Northamptonshire County Council confirmed 79 employees tested positive from NHS tests, while a further 213 came through Greencore’s private testing.

The company decided to carry out its own tests following a spike in cases in the town. Confirmed cases increased from 66 in the week ending August 2, to 85 for the week ending August 9.

Greencore said in a statement: ‘As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Northampton area, we took the decision to start proactively testing all of the colleagues at our Northampton site.

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‘We can confirm that a number of colleagues have tested positive for the virus and are now self-isolating.

‘We are liaising closely with PHE East Midlands, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton Borough Council, who are fully supportive of the controls that we have on site.’


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The factory provides sandwiches to Marks & Spencer (Picture: Reuters)

The manufacturer, which has a number of factories across the UK, is the country’s largest maker of pre-packed sandwiches and makes own-brand to-go food for all major supermarkets, including Tesco and Sainsbury’s. The Northampton site supplies M&S.

Public Health Northamptonshire confirmed it is assisting Greencore in containing the outbreak.

Director of public health at Northamptonshire County Council, Lucy Wightman said employees have been told to ‘act now’ and get tested amid a spike in cases in the town.

She added: ‘It is evident that Greencore has highly effective measures in place and they continue to work extremely hard to exceed the requirements needed to be Covid-19 secure within the workplace.

‘Northampton borough has been experiencing a high number of cases over the last four weeks and residents and employees have been asked to ‘act now’ to follow additional measures, to avoid a local lockdown or further government intervention.’

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Source: Metro