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Meat processing plant closes after confirmed cases of Covid-19

Production has been deferred at a meat processing plant following the discovery of four confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Dawn Meats said the decision to close its facility in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath was taken “out of an abundance of caution”.

It confirmed that the cases reflect less than 2% of staff at the meat plant.

Health, safety and welfare

In a statement today (Friday, May 1st), a spokesperson for the company outline that it takes the health, safety and welfare of employees, suppliers, contractors and visitors “extremely seriously”.

“When we became aware of four confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst workers in Kilbeggan, we decided to defer production in the plant yesterday.”

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“We have implemented a detailed series of measures to manage risks associated with Covid-19, and to maintain social distancing in our facilities in line with procedures recommended by the HSE and other Government agencies.”

No impact on other network of plants 

No production was scheduled today or over the bank holiday weekend, and no decision has yet been taken with regards to deferring any scheduled activity next week, the spokesperson added.

“The decision will have no impact on our ability to supply customers or receive cattle from farmers throughout our network of plants in the country,” the statement concluded.

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