June 25, 2020


Moy Park's US$5 billion investment boosts COVID-19 safety measures at plant



Northern Ireland's biggest meat producer, Moy Park, is not taking any chances as the COVID-19 pandemic hit meat plants in some parts of the world.


The company has announced a more than £4 million (US$5 million) investment to enhance safety measures protecting its workers. The investment includes several measures that have been implemented throughout its facilities since late March, as well as reward payments to its employees to thank them for their work during challenging times.


According to Kirsty Wilkins, human resources and performance director at Moy Park, the company has "worked tirelessly" for several weeks to put in place best practice measures to help safeguard its employees.


"We follow all government guidelines and created bespoke solutions early on, with many of them now recognised as leading the way for food processors," Wilkins said.


As part of Moy Park's updated safety protocol, Perspex screen have been installed while only one-way traffic flow systems are allowed throughout its facility. Other measures reflect the new norms of operating during the pandemic including staggered breaks, socially distanced rest and break areas, and the availability of more personal protective equipment.


"As a food business, we already operate to some of the highest standards globally and our teams work in a controlled hygienic environment, which is routinely sanitised and where strict handwashing and other cleanliness protocols are the norm," Wilkins said. "Our strategy is focused on doing everything we can to halt the virus from coming into our facilities, and to minimise any potential spread. We will continue to evaluate the situation daily and take all measures necessary to safeguard our staff."


- Meat+Poultry