Ingham's Victorian processing plant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

Ingham's Victorian processing plant closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

An Ingham's (ASX: ING) processing plant in Melbourne has been shut down after five employees returned positive tests for COVID-19.

The site, which engages in 'further processing' (turning poultry into products like nuggets, burgers, etc.), has been temporarily closed and all other employees have been requested to self-isolate at home.

Ingham's says it is working with its customers to minimise supply chain disruptions and to ensure that its products will remain available to Australian consumers.

The temporary closure of the Thomastown plant is not expected to materially impact the business results of the company considering the further processing facility is one of five in Australia.

"It is imperative that we continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our people, communities and to assist in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus," says Ingham's CEO and managing director Jim Leighton.

"Ingham's has worked diligently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain the highest standards of health and safety for our people, whilst maintaining flexibility to ensure we service our customers through this period of uncertainty.

"The closure of Thomastown is a proactive step taken on our part, and we are well prepared to manage through this disruption."

Today, Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews, announced the state had recorded 484 new cases of COVID-19 the highest daily tally on record since the pandemic began.

The Premier also urged Victorians to self-isolate if symptoms present, and to stay at home after being tested for COVID-19.

Updated at 3:58pm AEST on 22 July 2020.

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