News

3 August 2020

A statement from Cedar Meats

Cedar Meats will re-commence operating tomorrow, Tuesday 4 August, 2020 after being provided with the all clear from the public health team at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

All staff at Cedar Meats were tested from COVID-19 between 31 July and 2 August, 2020.  The results show there is no transmission of COVID at Cedar Meats.

Cedar Meats’ Management welcome the announcement by the Government today relating to extra safety measures for abattoirs –specifically the medical level PPE, staggering shifts and breaks, temperature checks on entry etc. 

Cedar Meats already has these measures in place and believes these latest test results show that these measures work.

Cedar Meats will continue to follow the advice of the DHHS and thanks the public health team for its support and advice.

 

Please Stay Safe.

Media Inquiries Only:

Simone Gandur

0404813771.

Download our full media statement here.

31 July 2020

A statement from Cedar Meats

Cedar Meats received a phone call today from the public health team at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to alert us that one of our staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member had last worked on site on Wednesday 22 July, 2020.   We have followed DHHS’ advice and had all close contacts of that staff member tested on site today at our premises in Brooklyn. 

We have asked all of our staff to isolate until further notice, as per government guidelines.   Our main priority is our staff’s health and wellbeing.

We will continue to follow the advice of DHHS as we await the results of the testing undertaken today.

The Management of Cedar Meats is thankful for the support and advice of the public health team at DHHS. 

Please Stay Safe.

 

Media Inquiries Only:

Simone Gandur

0404813771.

 

Download our full media statement here.

27 May 2020

Cedar Meats to re open

Cedar Meats will restart all aspects of its operations, including processing, on Thursday 28 May, 2020.

On Wednesday 27 May 2020 staff who have been medically cleared by DHHS to start work attended a return to work information session at Cedar Meats’ Brooklyn site.

“I am really looking forward to having the Cedar family back together. As a management team we have spent the last few weeks working closely with DHHS and WorkSafe to ensure that we are returning in the safest possible manner,” General Manager, Tony Kairouz said.

“Our aim is to provide a safe and healthy environment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The control measures will be regularly updated to reflect changes resulting from Government announcements, directions of the Victorian Chief Health Officer and best practices for the sector,” Tony said.

“Approximately 300 staff will return to work this week. DHHS has provided us with a list of all staff that are cleared to return to work.

“I’d personally like to thank both DHHS and Worksafe for being available to us at all hours and answering the many questions we have had about how we move forward.

“We have done everything possible to provide a safe work environment for our staff. The safety and wellbeing of all people will always be our number one priority and inherent in that is a happy place to work and thriving business that provides security of
income to our people and their families, Tony said.”

Please note that no-one from Cedar Meats is available for interview.

Media inquiries only: 0404 813 771.

Download our full media statement here.

5 May 2020

A message from Cedar Meats General Manager Tony Kairouz

4 May 2020

A message from Cedar Meats General Manager Tony Kairouz

A number of our employees have tested positive for coronavirus in one of our facilities in West Melbourne.

The welfare and safety of our staff, visitors, suppliers and customers is our highest priority.

All workers are self-quarantining and we are working closely with the Victorian health authorities.

All meat processed at our facilities is processed in accordance with Australian Standards for food safety and our customers can be confident that the meat processed at our facilities is safe to eat.

For media enquiries please contact: Simone Gandur 0404 813 771

Download our full media statement here.

Additional Background:

For a media statement from PrimeSafe visit:  https://www.primesafe.vic.gov.au/news/Media-statement

For information on food and coronavirus transmission visit the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website at:
https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/safety/Pages/Can-COVID-19-be-transmitted-by-food-or-food-packaging.aspx