Mr Kipling workers test positive for Covid-19 but factory stays open

Six workers at a Mr Kipling bakery have tested positive for cornavirus.

The affected staff are now self isolating while the factory in Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent continues to operate.

According to owners, Premier Foods, workers are still receiving full pay.

In attempts to reassure customers and local residents, the firm said it is believed the staff members, who represent 0.9 per cent of the site's workforce, caught the virus in the community.

A number of colleagues who had close contact with the infected workers, through car sharing, for example, are now self-isolating at home as a precaution,  StokeonTrentLive  reports.

A spokeswoman for Premier Foods confirmed they were workers at the Newcastle Road factory, which produces millions of Mr Kipling cakes and pies each year.

She said: "The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is our absolute priority, and we have done everything we can throughout the pandemic to protect our teams.

"We have seen a very small number of colleagues test positive for Covid-19 at our Stoke factory, reflective of an increase in cases in the wider Stoke-on-Trent/Newcastle-under-Lyme area.

"As a result, we have introduced further protective measures on site, in addition to our already stringent hygiene and safety procedures.

"We have been in contact with our local health protection team and are confident that we have taken all the necessary steps to protect our teams. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to keep local authorities updated."

Stoke-on-Trent City Council previously announced there had been a cluster of cases linked to a food manufacturing business but did not identify the site.

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