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Shutdown: The Kildare Chilling meat processing plant in Kildare town suspended operations after 80 workers at the plant tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Colin Keegan

Shutdown: The Kildare Chilling meat processing plant in Kildare town suspended operations after 80 workers at the plant tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Colin Keegan

Colin Keegan

Shutdown: The Kildare Chilling meat processing plant in Kildare town suspended operations after 80 workers at the plant tested positive for Covid-19. Photo: Colin Keegan

Meat processors are moving to introduce increased Covid-19 testing and overhaul factory working practices as the Government comes under increasing pressure following the partial shutdown of Kildare, Offaly and Laois.

Factories are also understood to be looking at possible measures to reduce car pooling by workers in meat plants and at ways of limiting shared accommodation.

Following a meeting between SIPTU and Meat Industry Ireland (MII) today it was agreed that both bodies would engage with the HSE to agree testing protocols at processing plants.