Investigation into Coronavirus cases linked to Ebbw vale food processing plant

Testing of Zorba Delicacies Ltd workforce starts today

The workforce of another Welsh food processing plant are to be tested for coronavirus from today after 4 confirmed cases linked to the site.

The cases are associated with the Zorba Delicacies Ltd food processing plant in Ebbw Vale and follow outbreaks linked to food and meat processing plants in Merthyr Tydfil, Wrexham  and Anglesey.

Investigations are ongoing as to the possible cause of the incident.

No outbreak has been declared.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales and our multi-agency partners have been investigating four laboratory confirmed cases of Coronavirus associated with the Zorba Delicacies Ltd food processing plant in Ebbw Vale. 

“Investigations are ongoing as to the possible cause of the incident, and no firm conclusions can be reached at this early stage.  No outbreak has been declared.

“Close contacts of confirmed cases have been contacted through the Test, Trace, Protect process and provided with additional advice for themselves, household and other contacts.

“As a precautionary measure, and to help with further understanding of situation within workplace settings, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, in collaboration with the Gwent Regional Test, Trace, Protect team, will carry out widespread, rapid testing of the workforce from tomorrow (21 July), with the full cooperation of Zorba Delicacies Ltd.

“As we move into the recovery phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, we expect to see clusters in settings such as workplaces.  We manage any cluster of Coronavirus appropriately, including by providing advice around infection prevention and control, and by supporting contact tracing where required.

“We remind the public that they have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.  They can do this by always observing social distancing guidelines – that’s staying two metres away from others - washing hands regularly, and working from home if they can.

“When travelling you should also avoid car sharing with people outside your household, and ensure social distancing on entry and exit from your workplace as well as during break times.

“If you or a member of your household is advised to have a test for Coronavirus you should do so promptly to help control the spread of infection.

“If you develop symptoms of cough, fever or change in sense of taste or smell you must book a test for Coronavirus.

“The Food Standards Agency advise that it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food.  COVID-19 is a respiratory illness.  It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.”

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