- PepsiCo Beijing plant shut after 8 employees test positive for COVID-19
- 2 out of 8 employees recently visited the Xinfadi wholesale market
PepsiCo China has confirmed that it had to shut a plant in Beijing as eight of its employees tested positive for the novel Coronavirus which has triggered widespread concern.
Two out of the eight workers who were tested positive for the deadly virus in the factory of PepsiCo in Daxing district said they recently visited the Xinfadi wholesale market confirmed the Deputy Director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Pang Xinghou during a press conference on Sunday.
After some employees in the plant, which produces Lay’s chips were confirmed with the novel Coronavirus on the 15th of June, the factory was immediately shut down and the production was stopped said Fan Zhimin, Director of Corporate Affairs of PepsiCo China.
The health officials of the Chinese government have confirmed that 87 people who came in close contact with the people infected have now been sent to the designated quarantine centres adding that 480 workers at the factory have tested negative for the deadly virus.
According to a leading Chinese news agency, as soon as the news hit the surface of 8 workers testing positive at the PepsiCo manufacturing plant, consumers have shifted to the rival brands. Some people have expressed concerns over the products of PepsiCo due to the outbreak at its factory, on the online platforms, there are many who are considering having a nucleic acid testing.
Additionally, on Sunday world’s most populated country suspended the poultry imports from a top poultry producer plant named Tyson Foods in the United States of America over the concerns of an outbreak at their facility.
The General Administration of Customs said that imports of frozen poultry from US based Tyson Foods will be “temporarily suspended” given an outbreak found at one of the production facilities of the company in the US. Products which will arrive or have already arrived in China from the company will be confiscated, said the General Administration of Customs.