A WORKER at the Müller factory in North Petherton has died after testing positive for Covid-19 while at least 47 staff have tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile almost 100 staff are currently self isolating after the outbreak at the factory in Market Way.
A spokesperson for Müller Milk & Ingredients said the entire workforce at the factory is being tested for Covid-19 and the safety of its employees comes first.
They added: “Sadly we can also confirm that a colleague has passed away after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this time.
“With support from Public Health England and the local council we are ensuring that the entire workforce at Bridgwater is being tested for the presence of Covid-19.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are placing the safety of our employees first and following best practice as set down by the Health and Safety Executive.
“Standard measures in place include the use of facemasks, distancing, enhanced deep cleaning and hygiene, underpinned by a programme of e-learning, information and audits to ensure compliance and awareness of the measures.
“It is important to stress that fresh milk processing is highly automated ensuring no risk to products, with our Bridgwater facility one of the most modern dairies in the UK.
“Notwithstanding this we have acted to reduce production at Bridgwater as an additional measure at this time, utilising our network of dairies to support.”