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:

For information on food and coronavirus transmission visit the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website at: