Covid cases at UK food factories could be over 30 times higher than reported

Investigation warns employers have too much influence over official data amid claims of fake safety audits

The number of Covid-19 infections at food factories that supply UK supermarkets and restaurants could be more than 30 times higher than reported, according to a new report that warns employers have too much influence over official data.

Food manufacturing – and meat processing plants in particular – have been at the heart of several major local outbreaks, with workers reporting cramped conditions and pressure not to take days off even when displaying symptoms.

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