Spread of COVID-19 a “huge learning curve” for Irish meat processors

Senior Irish health officials express concerns over recent spike in coronavirus cases at Irish meat plants.
calendar icon 21 May 2020
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“I fully understand concerns at the unfortunate number of clusters,” he said. Mr Healy said where clusters have occurred the HSE has been engaged in “several of those facilities” and full site screenings have been carried out.

Mr Healy pointed out that of the 56 meat plants in the country working under approval from the Department of Agriculture, a significant number had zero cases.

“The measures employed are working.”

On the issue of controls within the industry, Mr Healy said such controls had been put in place from the early days of the virus.

“Meat Industry Ireland introduced measures well before the government protocols. We put together our own based on knowledge of best practice.”

When asked about the challenge of meat industry workers living in shared accommodation and if plans were being made to provide alternatives where staff could self-isolate, Mr Healy said accommodation was shared across many industries.

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