ECONOMYNEXT – Only one warehouse at the Maliban biscuit factory premises in Ratmalana has been isolated upon the discovery of several COVID-19 cases there, Maliban Biscuit Manufacturers said.
Offering a clarification on a report attributed to the national COVID-19 task force yesterday that the factory has been isolated, a spokesman for the company said only one warehouse has been isolated.
Standard operations at the factory proper continue under strict health guidelines, the company said in a statement.
Chief Operations Officer Bandula Perera said in the statement that the patients were found after a series of rapid antigen tests carried out at the premises last week.
“On December 19, we were made aware of an employee at one of the warehouses in Ratmalana showing some symptoms” Perera said.
“We immediately collaborated with the Ministry of Health and other authorities to conduct rapid antigen tests for all employees in the same warehouse. This resulted in resulted in some employees being tested positive for COVID-19.”
Yesterday the National Task Force for the Prevention of COVID-19 (NOCPOC) said the Maliban biscuit manufacturers facility in Ratmalana was isolated following the detection of an unspecified number of novel coronavirus cases.
Perera said in the company statement that the warehouse in question was immediately isolated and close contacts of the Covid positive employees were directed to quarantine.
“Our health and safety protocols, mandatory to all employees, allowed us to detect all positive cases within 24 hours of first detection. Also since March, we implemented the most rigorous measures to
ensure zero contamination of our products,” Perera said.
“From employee transport to their doorstep to daily medical screening, we managed to create a working environment that delivers an absolutely safe product to our customers,” he added.
Perera reiterated that the manufacturing will continue at Maliban Agri, Maliban Milk and Maliban Biscuit facilities adhering to all health protocols issued by the health authorities.
“From the time that the country had to go into lockdown with the first wave of COVID-19, Maliban started to take proactive initiatives to ensure that consumers could enjoy Maliban biscuits without any fear of contamination. We would like to reassure our customers that Maliban Biscuit products are safe as ever,” he said. (Colombo/Dec23/2020)