A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing pilot has been rolled out at Moy Park sites across Northern Ireland and England.
The pilot aims to provide vital information to help inform further rollout by the government of the rapid testing technology in future.
All staff and visitors to Moy Park sites who are asymptomatic are now able to be tested. One in three people with COVID-19 display no symptoms, so testing will help protect staff and visitors by quickly identifying those that need to isolate.
Tests provide results within 30 minutes and feed directly into the national testing database. Rapid testing is part of the UK Government’s programme to introduce mass testing across the country.
Kirsty Wilkins, HR & Performance Director at Moy Park said: “We are proud to be playing our part to help tackle the spread of coronavirus by participating in the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) rapid testing pilot Programme.
“Rapid asymptomatic testing is considered an important element of the national strategy to tackle the pandemic and this pilot will allow DHSC to gather more data to help define the best strategy moving forward, protecting those most vulnerable in our society.
“Safety is a condition at Moy Park and we continue to maintain the highest level of vigilance to stop the virus coming into our facilities and help prevent its transmission. Participation in the pilot scheme runs in tandem with the rigorous safety protocols we have in place such as thermal temperature scanning, enhanced cleaning and hygiene regimes, Perspex screens, additional PPE and social distancing measures.”