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COVID-positive Teys Australia employees advised to maintain working at Naracoorte abattoir, as provide chain points begin to chunk

An abattoir in South Australia’s south-east is being allowed to maintain COVID-positive meat processing employees on the job, amid considerations round meals safety throughout Australia.

The COVID-19 outbreak at Teys Australia’s Naracoorte web site now stands at 140.

In a letter to workers on Sunday, the abattoir’s normal supervisor operations, Sage Murray, stated the corporate thanked employees for his or her “understanding and persistence throughout this time”.

“As per our name to you in the present day — and as confirmed by SA Well being — you might be required to current for work tomorrow [Monday] as regular except you feel unwell,” Mr Murray wrote.

“This is applicable even when you have examined optimistic to COVID-19 both by a PCR or fast take a look at [RAT], and likewise if you’re presently isolating as a result of you’re a shut contact.

“In case you have not accomplished a current PCR or RAT take a look at, you can be required to finish a RAT take a look at earlier than commencing work tomorrow.

SA Well being initially advised the ABC that solely employees who had returned destructive PCR checks could be requested to return to work from Monday, however later confirmed some optimistic employees had been given approval to start working once more.

“To make sure meals safety, SA Well being has allowed a small group of essential employees who’ve examined optimistic and are asymptomatic, to proceed to work in an remoted space away from others,” a division spokesperson stated.

“These employees should stay at house and isolate when they don’t seem to be at work till they’re cleared from COVID.”

Empty meat shelves in a supermarket
Recent produce, reminiscent of meat, is briefly provide in some shops.(Provided: Chris Picton)

Provide chain considerations nationwide

The transfer comes as considerations round meals provide chains intensify throughout the nation, with rising numbers of employees testing optimistic or being pressured into isolation.

The SA Well being spokesperson stated the division was “working intently with [Teys] administration to make sure the enterprise can proceed to function safely and proceed meals manufacturing on the web site”.

Premier Steven Marshall stated SA Well being had despatched its personal testing workforce to the abattoir to assist maintain the ability functioning.

“We’ve SA Well being working with the abattoir, working with PIRSA in South Australia, to permit folks to return to work in a managed and cautious method,” he stated.

“It is vital that we do that, however each single sector can have barely completely different necessities.”

Teys Australia has been contacted for remark.

On Monday, Mr Marshall introduced 4,024 new COVID-19 instances within the state.

Two folks, aged of their 80s and 90s, died within the 24 hours main as much as Monday afternoon.

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