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2 Sisters’ Coupar Angus site closed after Covid-19 cases confirmed

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2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP has suspended production at its Coupar Angus processing plant after four members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.

It marks the first positive test at the Perthshire poultry plant, a slaughtering, cutting and whole bird retail packing site.

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2 Sisters said that, following confirmation of four cases of coronavirus at the site on 16 August, temporary closure was “the responsible action to take”.

It is understood management was considering an extensive testing programme after the four cases came back positive, but instead took a precautionary approach and suspended production.

It comes as health officials declared the outbreak of coronavirus at 2 Sisters’ Llangefni processing plant, on Anglesey, over.

More than 220 cases were confirmed there, with production also temporarily suspended in June.

A 2 Sisters spokesman said: “Following the confirmation on 16 August of four positive Covid-19 cases at our site in Coupar Angus, we have decided to temporarily suspend operations and pause production on 17 August, which we believe is the responsible action to take.

“Our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of all colleagues, and we will be reviewing the situation closely in partnership with the relevant regional and national Scottish Covid-19 taskforces before we restart production.

“The facility had previously operated for six months without a single positive Covid-19 case recorded.”