Burra's exports continue, in the wake of coronavirus

COVID-19 having minimal disruption to Burra's trading operations

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SAFETY FIRST. Employees at Burra Foods Korumburra site have increased hygiene and sanitisation measures and altered rostering to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

SAFETY FIRST. Employees at Burra Foods Korumburra site have increased hygiene and sanitisation measures and altered rostering to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

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Lack of containers Burra's biggest challenge, so far.

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Gippsland milk processor Burra Foods is continuing to supply dairy ingredients across the globe, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Burra Foods chief executive officer Stewart Carson, said staff have responded swiftly to enhanced procedures, to prevent the risk of transmission of coronavirus, and keep the staff and food supply chain safe.

"While none of our customers has cancelled orders, there has been a tightening of supply of export containers required to ship product," Mr Carson said.

" But we are expecting this to ease as manufacturing in China comes back on-line and imports to Australia increase again.

"To date, we have not had any issues related to delays in the supply of packaging or ingredients but continue to monitor the situation closely, as it can change very quickly."

Mr Carson said staff had responded quickly to the enhanced procedures and adopted best practice.

Staff responded swiftly to the enhanced procedures and adopted best practice, resulting in minimal disruption to trading.

On-farm, favourable seasonal conditions throughout the Gippsland region has seen an increase in milk supply to the Korumburra based business, with milk volumes over 10 per cent higher this year.

"This additional supply has supported the increase in demand of dairy ingredients", Mr Carson said.

"Our priority is to provide maximum possible care and protection for the health and wellbeing of our staff and business partners."

"We have enhanced our strict sanitation and hygiene procedures as well as providing our employees and contractors with educational information on COVID-19 and how to minimise potential risks of transmission."

This included proactive procedures for immediate reporting and isolation measures, should any staff member have any health concerns.

Burra Foods had also segregated operational staff with employees in crucial departments rotating shifts.

This ensured the continuity of processing, while ensuring back-up of staff in the event of any emergency isolation requirements.

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