Kraft Cleans Warehouse After COVID-19 Cases Reported

March 30, 2020

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Kraft Cleans Warehouse After COVID-19 Cases Reported
Kraft Heinz briefly closed a warehouse in Springfield, MO for deep cleaning after two workers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Image courtesy of Pixabay

American food firm Kraft Heinz said it briefly shuttered its warehouse in Springfield, MO for a two-day period of deep cleaning after two workers at the site tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, several local news organizations reported.

The two employees last visited the Kraft warehouse on March 19. They are both currently in quarantine, coverage by television news station KY3 said. 

“Our Human Resources team has been contacting employees who had been in close proximity to these people to discuss next steps,” Kraft Heinz Senior VP of Corporate Affairs Michael Mullen said in a statement to the Ozark Independent. “While we have implemented additional cleaning and sanitation procedures within the entire warehouse and manufacturing plant as of last Friday, March 20, out of an abundance of caution, we closed Saturday morning (March 28) to deep clean both facilities.”

Kraft plans to reopen the facility on Monday. The company said it will continue to monitor the situation moving forward and urge workers who are feeling sick to seek out medical care. 

The facility in Springfield produces Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and the Kraft and Cracker Barrel brands of natural cheese, according to a 2015 article by the Springfield News-Leader. In 2014, the site employed about 925 workers.

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