South African packaged goods company, Tiger Brands, has assured customers that its food products have had no contact with positive COVID-19 cases amongst its staff, who the Company says worked in the administrative department.
Tiger Brands has addressed concerns from segments of the South African public, who question the safety of their products, following the temporary closure of its Durban bakery. On Wednesday, 15 April 2020, Tiger Brands confirmed that a staff member contracted the coronavirus, subsequently spreading the virus to twelve others within the company. This development resulted in Tiger Brands temporarily closing down its Durban bakery, and all staff members were instructed to self-isolate until all testing had been carried out.
The company says that no staff member had any contact with the production line of its products, thus deeming all products to be safe for sales. Tiger brands explained that, “All of these employees work in the administration building and none of these employees work on the production line or are involved in the delivery of product to our customers. Naturally, we appreciate that this may cause concerns around food safety regarding bread”.