Nestle Egypt suspends factory production amid coronavirus outbreak

Nestle Egypt on Monday suspended operations in its dry materials factory in 6th of October City in the Giza Governorate, following the discovery of several cases of the novel coronavirus disease among its employees.

According to a company statement, Nestle Egypt — in coordination with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and the Department of Preventive Medicine — has since implemented sterilization and disinfection operations in the factory, in the hopes of resuming production as soon as possible.

The company said that it is keen on maintaining the highest global standards of safety and quality, and guaranteeing that production continues in all its factories. It also emphasized that its top priority is to provide safe products for consumers.

The European Food Safety Authority, the company noted, has ruled out the possibility that people might become infected with coronavirus through packaged foods and drinks.

Nestle Egypt has committed itself to strict sterilization, hygiene and disinfection standards since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, applying additional measures to enhance safety in its factories, offices and distribution centers.

The company imposed social distancing rules in its factories, asking employees to wear face masks and sterilize their hands. It also provided them with the necessary medical and preventive supplies to ensure their safety according to guidelines produced by the Egyptian Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and the Nestle company itself.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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