14 workers at chocolate factory test positive for Covid-19

Fourteen workers in a chocolate factory have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Kinnerton Confectionery Site in Fakenham, Norfolk, employs more than 600 people.

Site manager Michael Artt said in a statement that the outbreak had “limited” effects on production and that some packaging work has been transferred to sister factories.

He said “a wide range of control measures” are in place.

Mr. Artt said, “As the incidence of Covid-19 increased in the region, a small number of our colleagues have tested positive – currently 14 out of a total of 600 employees.

“The well-being of our colleagues is a primary concern and we are in regular contact with those affected to ensure that they are supported.

“We are working proactively with the local health team and Norfolk County Council who are very supportive of our efforts.

“There was only a limited impact on production, but we were able to mitigate the impact on customers by transferring some packaging work to our sister factories.

“Based on the risk assessment, there is a wide range of control measures at the site.

“These include increased hand washing and disinfection, improved cleaning, social distancing measures such as physical separation screens and disposable systems, the use of personal protective equipment and changed shift times to avoid traffic jams.

“The safety and well-being of our colleagues is our top priority. We continue to review our logs regularly to ensure a Covid-safe environment.”

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