A number of staff at Moy Park’s Randalstown Mill have contracted COVID-19 and are self-isolating on full pay. The company said production at the mill, which supplies feed to poultry farms in Northern Ireland, had not been affected.
Unite the Union urged the company to ensure all 50 staff were tested for the virus, and claimed 12 workers so far had contracted COVID-19. It also claimed the outbreak had the potential to impact feed supply to millions of chickens across Northern Ireland, which the company denied.
“Staff safety is a condition at Moy Park and we continue to exercise extreme vigilance to help keep the virus out of our facilities and help prevent its spread,” said a spokesperson. “Strict safeguarding procedures are in place across all our sites, including enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes, thermal temperature scanning, Perspex screens, additional PPE and social distancing measures.”