DURBAN – Although experts say there’s currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food. Tiger Brands which owns Albany bread, says their decision to temporarily close it’s Durban Bakery is in line with “best practice protocols” and to ensure the health and safety of its employees.
“Our bread manufacturing process is highly automated – from mixing, to baking, to slicing, to sealing into tamper proof bags and crating. As a result of the bakery’s closure, the bread produced in this facility has not been dispatched to the market. We appreciate that this may cause concerns around food safety regarding bread.” said the company.
On Wednesday 12 employees tested positive for Covid-19 at the bakery, which led to the subsequent closure of the facility.
According to the company all of the employees who tested positive, work in the administration building and none of them work on the production line or are involved in the delivery of product to our customers.
“In the event of a positive Covid-19 case, we have developed specific protocols to mitigate the risk of any environmental or surface contamination. This includes isolation and sanitising of the packaged product, all surfaces in the factory and all delivery trucks,”said the company.
“Alternative arrangements would be made to supply its Durban customer base from the company’s other facilities,” added the company.
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