At least 48 Covid-19 cases have been reported among workers at The Cake Crew’s manufacturing facility in Bala, north Wales.
The private-label cupcake maker, which employs 330 people and supplies major retailers, is working with an incident management team comprising representatives from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Gwynedd Council, Public Health Wales and Shropshire Council, to control the situation.
“All staff who have tested positive or who have been identified as contacts are being asked to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus,” Gwynedd Council said in a statement.
The council confirmed that every affected person is being contacted by the local Test, Trace and Protect teams and given additional advice for themselves, their household and other contacts.
“We send our best wishes to all who have been impacted and urge them to continue to follow the advice provided to help stop the spread of the virus,” the statement said. “Anyone who develops any Covid-19 symptoms is urged to self-isolate and arrange a test immediately.”
British Baker has contacted the Cake Crew, which makes cupcakes including minis, seasonal and loaf cakes, for comment.
In February, Scottish bakery William Sword suspended operations at its factory in Cumbernauld for five days due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
And last year Greggs’ distribution centre in Bramley, Leeds, Premier Foods’ Mr Kipling site in Stoke and Greencore’s sandwich site in Northampton were also hit by the virus.