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·         Pork processors on recruitment drive to help meet growing retail demand

·         Scottish food industry calls for clarification over ‘key workers’ guidance

·         HOUSE ARREST Boris orders coronavirus-hit Brits to stay home unless they have one of four reasons – or be FINED



Pork processors on recruitment drive to help meet growing retail demand


By Alistair Driver, Pig World (UK)

March 23, 2020


Leading UK pork processors are embarking on a major recruitment drive to help meet the increased demand for food from supermarkets and to fill any gaps that arise due to staff absences related to the coronavirus outbreak.


Karro Foods is seeking hundreds of new staff on permanent and temporary contracts for a range of factory-based roles, and is hoping in particular to recruit workers from the struggling food service sector.


More than 200 positions available at its Malton headquarters in North Yorkshire, more than 100 in Scunthorpe and in Cookstown in Northern Ireland, more than 40 at Haverhill and further vacancies in Hull.


Karro CEO Steve Ellis said: “Following the government’s advice to avoid unnecessary social contact due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the demand for in home food has risen sharply. We are proud to do our bit to keep food on the nations table and are looking for more people to come and help support our efforts.”


As pubs, restaurants and hotels close, the company said applicants from the hospitality sector could be particularly suitable due to familiarity with food hygiene and safety regulations. However, it will also provide training to those who have no experience in these fields.


Mr Ellis added:





Scottish food industry calls for clarification over ‘key workers’ guidance


By Iain Hoey, Pig World (UK)

March 23, 2020


Scotland’s leading farming, fishing, food and drink organisations have released a joint statement calling on the Scottish Government to provide greater clarity to Scotland’s 32 local authorities on who they should define as ‘key workers’, to support the continued supply of food across the country.


National advice has been issued in England, Wales in Northern Ireland defining key workers as including those involved in the production, delivery and sale of food. In Scotland, no such advice has been issued and it is being left to 32 local authorities to make a case by case decision on individual businesses and groups of workers. They have said that issuing further guidance to councils, in line with the rest of the UK on food supply, will support the continued effort to keep the supply chain moving.


The statement adds that the industry organisations recognise the importance of keeping the definition of key workers incredibly narrow as the numbers of children attending schools must be kept as low as possible.


Prioritisation has thus far been given for category 1 key workers, such as those saving lives in the NHS, but at present, while some local authorities have recognised the priority of food supply under category 2 of the key worker designation, many have not.


The statement adds that an inconsistent approach and a lack of support for councils in defining key workers, could add further strain to a food supply chain already under enormous pressure.


In addition, the businesses are also urging businesses to follow some critical steps to reduce staffing to the bare essentials required to secure Scotland’s food supply.


Food and drink businesses have been asked to do the following, if they have not done so already:





HOUSE ARREST Boris orders coronavirus-hit Brits to stay home unless they have one of four reasons – or be FINED



Tom Newton Dunn & Natasha Clark, The Sun (UK) 

23 Mar 2020


BORIS Johnson tonight put the UK under virtual house arrest for at least three weeks — warning the nation: “You must stay at home.”


In a grave address to the nation the PM ordered a mass lockdown - closing all non-essential shops, banning gatherings of more than two people and insisting families stay behind closed doors.


All travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned unless it’s essential to get to work.


Brits were also ordered not to meet up with friends and to go out to buy food or to exercise just once a day.


Anyone who flouts the new crackdown will face fines of up to £1,000 or even arrest when cops are given emergency powers.


The draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits' lives included:


·         All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms

·         Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close

·         Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves

·         Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals

·         Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work.


In a special broadcast on all main TV channels , the PM branded coronavirus  “the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”.


He said: “Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope.


“Because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.


“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings


“We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.


“But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.”


The PM ordered the greatest restrictions on British way of life in decades after a failure of the Government’s social distancing policy.


Yesterday there were another 54 deaths from Covid-19 in British hospitals.


A hospital doctor MP also warned that young, fit people in their 30s were being admitted to intensive care with the disease.


And Health Secretary Matt Hancock pledged to do more to give NHS staff proper protective equipment.


Millions of parents also had to home school their children as schools were opened only to children of key workers.


The PM said he had been forced to reluctantly initiate the crackdown as far too few Brits had complied with the government’s social distancing policy.


He added:


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