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Duke’s plant reopens after COVID-19 testing, deep cleaning

Staff Report //July 13, 2020//

Duke’s plant reopens after COVID-19 testing, deep cleaning

Staff Report //July 13, 2020//

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Mauldin’s Duke’s Mayonnaise plant temporarily closed after employees tested positive for COVID-19 for a period of deep cleaning and mandatory testing but has since reopened.

According to a representative from Sauer Brands, the parent company of Duke’s Mayonnaise, the plant has no plans for additional closures following the release a statement in which Martin Kelly, CEO of Sauer Brands, reiterated that “aggressive action” had been taken to prevent infection and prepare the plant for reopening.

“For any employee who does test positive for COVID-19 we require a 14-day quarantine, with pay, until the affected employee can return to work,” Kelly said in the statement. “In addition, we are requiring negative COVID tests for all new team members and any temporaries working at our facility until further notice.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kelly said in the statement, the company has required employees to wear masks and social distance, installed temperature scanners and practiced contract tracing in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. He also said Duke’s Mayonnaise remains safe for customers.

“The safety of our products has never been in jeopardy, and we continue to work hard to meet the growing demand while ensuring the wellbeing of our people, who are our most valuable asset,” he said in the statement.