Fear over Asda bacon after Covid-19 outbreak confirmed in Yorkshire meat factory

Matt Hancock: for once he might actually be providing us with facts.

Bacon rashers and joints sold to Asda may have been contaminated with Covid-19 after an outbreak was discovered at a Yorkshire meat factory.

Mobile testing tents have been set up outside Kober Ltd near Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, which supplies Asda.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed the information at the daily Covid-19 briefing on Thursday (June 18).

He has spouted a lot of nonsense over the past few weeks, but it seems likely we can take this information as accurate, because it indicates an increased threat of Covid-19 – and he is usually desperate to reassure us that the threat is reducing.

Hopefully this has been caught before anything reached the food chain – but let’s all wait and see, shall we?

Source: Coronavirus outbreak confirmed in Yorkshire meat factory that supplies Asda – Mirror Online

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  1. SteveH June 20, 2020 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    The Yorkshire Post newspaper has published what appears to be a well informed article on this very subject.
    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/cleckheaton-coronavirus-outbreak-can-you-catch-covid-19-eating-meat-2889969 ?
    After an outbreak of coronavirus at a meat processing factory in Cleckheaton, public concern has been raised that infection could be spread through food or its packaging.

    • Mike Sivier June 21, 2020 at 6:56 am - Reply

      It is heartening to read the likelihood described as “low” or “unlikely”. However: “The uncertainty associated with this estimate is High, partly as there are significant data gaps relating specifically to SARS-CoV-2; a number of assumptions in this document are therefore based on data relating to other coronaviruses.”

      • SteveH June 21, 2020 at 2:09 pm - Reply

        Yes, I read that as well. I too was impressed by how balanced the report in the Yorkshire Post is. Well worth a read.

      • SteveH June 21, 2020 at 2:16 pm - Reply

        Germany eased its lockdown restrictions at the end of May and now, less than a month later, their ‘R’ rate has dramatically jumped overnight to 1.79.

        BERLIN (Reuters) – The reproduction rate of the novel coronavirus in Germany has jumped to 1.79 after a raft of localised outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday, far above the level needed to contain it over the longer term.
        The number, a sharp increase from 1.06 on Friday, is a setback for the European Union’s most populous country, which has fared better in the pandemic than many European peers due mainly to early testing and social distancing measures.
        The institute attributed the rise to a number of local outbreaks, which have been seen in locations such as meatpacking plants, logistics centres, and shelters for refugees. Outbreaks have also been linked to church services and family parties.

        • Mike Sivier June 22, 2020 at 12:58 am - Reply

          I think it has jumped beyond 2 now.

          • SteveH June 22, 2020 at 1:44 am

            According to The Robert Koch Institute for public health (RKI) the new ‘R’ number of 2.88 is based on a four-day average.

            On Friday it was only 1.06, Saturday 1.79 and Sunday 2.88, that’s an increase of over 270% in just 2 days. It will be interesting to see how this progresses over next week, how the German authorities react and will our government learn from the German experience.

    • wildswimmerpete June 21, 2020 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Should any coronavirus particles that lie on the surface of the meat would be quickly destroyed during cooking. I’m assuming that no-one eats raw meat.

  2. hugosmum70 June 20, 2020 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    ok now i am confused yet again. i understood it cant be passed on in food. is this yet another thing we should of being aware of over the past 4 months or more? its been a shambles from beginning to end. would have been much better if the ministers that have been ,supposedly, handling the outbreak and basically know nothing about it. who have no medical knowledge as admitted by bojo , who have been clutching at straws and making it up as they went along, had stood down and let us all take our chances as we have to do with flu if we get it. all we needed was the warning that this is like the flu only worse. ..we dont hide from the flu so why have we been hiding from this? o k maybe i am fed up of all the twists n turns the ,first this then thats (and i am not alone in this i do know).. most of us have common sense (and so many of the rules n regs this government has “decreed” did not/do not make sense.) i am sure we could have done a better job than Bojo/Hancock etc some of the ideas coming out of Bojo’s mouth have been nothing short of pure comedy. only a tad less dangerous than those the yellow haired thicko over the water has come out with.

  3. Growing Flame June 21, 2020 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Weren’t there some meat plants in the American Mid-west that also had serious spikes of Covid19 infections?
    Is there a specific problem with meat plants?
    Mostly poorer, low-paid, migrant workers, I think.
    The US seems to have tried to brush it under the carpet, and simply carried on with the meat plants hardly stopping much at all.
    If it is simply that there are a lot of workers in close proximity to each other, then there are lots of workplaces like that,(eg Schools) so shouldn’t this be taken more seriously?

  4. trev June 21, 2020 at 10:08 am - Reply

    And they initially kept the exact location a secret, saying that it was “somewhere in Kirklees”, at first leading me to think it was referring to a care home in Huddersfield that I’d heard about (about which there has been no mention). And I mistakenly thought Cleckheaton was part of Bradford Met. area as it has Bradford postcodes, whilst other parts of Kirklees that are closer to Leeds have Wakefield postcodes!

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