Defra need to address inadequate guidance

22 May 2020
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GMB has called on DEFRA to open a dialogue with food producers and unions to address the “inadequacy of the government guidance”. 

The call come after confirmation that three workers at a Cranswick food processing facility in Wombwell, Barnsley, which supplies UK supermarkets, are confirmed to have died after testing positive for coronavirus.
Earlier this month the union wrote to the Secretary of State and major retailers, about potential problems in the food and drink supply chain that could lead to unnecessary deaths in the industry. 

Since then there have been severe outbreaks in Ireland and the US

Eamon O'Hearn, GMB National Officer said: 

“Our thoughts are firmly with the family and colleagues of those victims.  

“It’s imperative that Cranswick works with GMB to review operations and identify any issues that could impact on the safety of our members. We really hope that they’ve been following GMB guidance on social distancing which is significantly more comprehensive that Government guidance recently issued. 

“We wrote to the Secretary of State for DEFRA about our concerns earlier this month, precisely because we wanted to avoid further deaths in our industry.  

“Its now crucial that DEFRA establish a dialogue on the food and drink supply chain, including addressing the inadequacy of the Government Guidance issued last week.  “ 

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