Six workers at Mowi’s Consumer Products processing plant in Rosyth, Scotland, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The factory employs more than 800 people.
A spokesperson for the local health service said its health protection team is currently looking into potential links between the cases, however there is no evidence at this stage to suggest widespread transmission of the virus among staff working at the facility.
The plant remains in production due to the low number of cases, and the plant’s ability to quickly identify and isolate all affected personnel and eliminate internal spread, a spokesperson at Mowi told IntraFish.
"Six employees from our fish processing facility at Rosyth have tested positive for Covid-19 and are at home self-isolating," the spokesperson said.
"These cases form two separate ‘clusters’, which originated outside of the workplace and are not linked."
Mowi carried out immediate contact tracing internally, with a number of other employees now also self-isolating at home as a precaution.
In addition, all potential areas of transmission received additional deep-cleaning immediately.
"We have been proactive in working with the relevant public health bodies and continue to ensure they are fully informed as the Test and Protect tracers continue their work and we believe we have taken all appropriate measures to minimize further risk," said the spokesperson.
"The facility in Rosyth has robust precautionary measures in place that protect staff within the facility from the spread of Covid-19, and NHS Scotland has written to our employees over the weekend to confirm their assessment that the risk to them is considered ‘low’."
Mowi’s Consumer Products factory in Rosyth employs over 800 people from the region.
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