Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
849. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues and the HSE to ensure immediate priority testing in meat and dairy processing plants to ensure the safety of workers and the continuation of food supply chains during the Covid-19 emergency. [5837/20]
A national Outbreak Control team has been established by the HSE to deal with all issues relating to Covid 19 in meat plants. DAFM is represented on this committee and it is expected that recommendations, including any in relation to testing, will issue from this group in due course.
Any clusters of cases in individual meat plants, in common with clusters in other workplaces, are dealt with by local HSE-led outbreak control teams. To date, I am not aware of any issues of significance that have arisen in relation to dairy processing plants.