Four of Glanbia Ireland’s employees based in its Ballitore facility have tested positive for Covid-19, it has been confirmed.
The company said it is working closely with local health authorities and following all appropriate advice.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said: “Glanbia Ireland confirms that our business continuity processes have been escalated at our Ballitore, Co. Kildare, facility in response to four positive coronavirus cases among the workforce.”
“The health and safety of our employees, our customers and our suppliers is our top priority.”
“Glanbia Ireland immediately activated contact tracing procedures and the company’s health and safety and quality teams have implemented all the appropriate processes.”
Since March, the company said it has managed the challenges arising from coronavirus with a dedicated crisis response team in place to ensure that its 2,000 employees in Ireland are protected.
It said it continues the important service of producing food products and ingredients to serve its consumers, customers, shareholders and communities.
‘Comprehensive’ set of measures
The company stated it has implemented detailed site protection plans and protocols at all our locations and are managing health and safety assiduously through a “comprehensive” set of measures.
These include temperature checking at point of entry on-site; heightened cleaning and sanitation; social distancing across our operations; personal protective equipment (PPE); perspex partitions where appropriate, homeworking where possible and limiting site access to essential personnel only.
“This is in addition to the stringent hygiene measures followed throughout our entire supply chain, including operator measures and sanitation of equipment in all of our production facilities which are fully operational.
“Please be assured Glanbia Ireland is continuing to monitor this situation on a proactive basis and are taking all appropriate measures.” the statement concluded.