A FOOD supplier for all the big supermarkets is at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak, workers claim.

In total 38 staff have tested positive for the virus at Rowan Foods, which makes ready meals for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda.


Workers claim that a major food supplier is at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak (file pic)Credit: PA

A source at the facility claims the number of positive tests tripled in ten days and around 200 of the 1,500 workforce are self-isolating at home.

Staff at the factory in Wrexham, North Wales, walked out in April over concerns about working conditions but say fears over a lack of social distancing were not tackled.

One told The Sun: “Last week a man got a message to say he was positive while on a shift in the factory.

“He’d be working for over two days with the virus. There’s no social distancing at all, everyone is very worried.

“I’ve got a young family at home and I am scared to go to work. I don’t want to die just because I went to work.”

Wrexham Maelor Hospital, near to the Rowan Foods factory, has seen a spike in cases in the last few days.


A total of 38 staff are said to have fallen ill with the virus at a Rowan Foods factory in Wrexham, North Wales


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Oscar Mayer, which owns Rowan Foods, said: “The site has 38 staff absent due to testing positive for Covid-19, this is across our direct and agency workforce which totals 1,500.

“We are very thankful that none of our colleagues are seriously ill or hospitalised from this virus. We have encouraged all staff to stay home if they have any potential COVID 19 symptoms, however mild these symptoms may be.

“While we are seeing a number of cases on site, Public Health Wales support our view that there is no clear evidence to suggest that there is a spread of the virus within the site.”

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