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Meat processor responds to claims that ‘up to 160 employees are symptomatic’ of Covid-19

Liffey Meats has issued a statement in response to a post which circulated on social media over the weekend.

The Facebook post suggested that “up to 160 employees of the plant are symptomatic of coronavirus”.

The anonymous individual also claimed that management warned its staff base “not to speak out or they will lose their jobs”.

Liffey Meats responds

 In a statement, a spokesperson for the meat processor said the aforementioned claims are “grossly inaccurate and false”.  

“The health and well-being of our employees and everyone entering our plants is our priority.”

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“We are very supportive of all measures that have been put in place by the Irish Government and health authorities in order to minimise the spread of this virus and we have an experienced Covid-19 dedicated team, who have been fully engaged with the HSE from the start, coordinating our response at our plants.” the statement added.

“From the outset, our team has overseen the implementation of a full set of enhanced safety procedures across all of our plants, which also included adopting all the Government and HSE recommended guidelines.”

These steps, the spokesperson added, must be adhered to by everyone entering and leaving the plants, including all employees, suppliers and farmers.

“We are in ongoing contact with the HSE, who have confirmed that they are very satisfied with all the measures we have in place.”  

“We will continue to monitor the situation and do all we can to minimise the spread of this virus, including updating our guidelines as required, in order  to protect our employees, their families and members of our wider community.” the statement concluded.

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