2 Sisters workers contract TB

Four workers at a 2 Sisters Food Group site in West Bromwich have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to paper the Express and Star.

Public Health England (PHE) has been informed of the outbreak and has stressed that “there was no risk to the food processed at the site”. However, current and former workers will be screened for the contagious disease and advisory letters will be sent out.

In a statement, 2 Sisters Food Group said: “We take the health and well-being of our workforce very seriously and we are keen to assist Public Health England in any way we can to reassure employees and provide them with any information or support necessary.

“As a precautionary measure, we are working with Public Health England to coordinate some educational materials and screening sessions on site. As the experts at Public Health England have informed us, there is absolutely no impact on food quality or safety, so it’s very much business as usual at the site.”

Consultant for PHE Dr Naveed Syed said experts were working closely with the company and the local council – Sandwell Council – to arrange information sessions. He said: “Testing will be conducted as a precaution and we are working closely with the management of 2 Sisters Food Group to ensure the best advice and support is provided for all staff members. Tuberculosis is a serious disease but the risk of catching TB infection is small.

“It generally requires prolonged and close contact with somebody who has TB, such as someone living in the same house, and it can be completely cured with a course of antibiotics. There is absolutely no risk of TB being transferred in any other way, so these cases have no impact whatsoever on the quality of goods processed at the factory.”

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