18 May Bristol announces voluntary pause of production
PORTLAND, Maine – May 18, 2020 – Bristol Seafood announced today it will voluntarily pause production in its Portland Fish Pier plant following confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among its team members.
“We take our duty to provide wholesome seafood to American families seriously, but we will always put the safety and health of our team members first. As a result, we are voluntarily pausing production while we conduct a thorough cleaning of our facility and get universal testing for our team. We are proactively communicating with the Maine CDC and meeting or exceeding their recommendations. We plan to reopen later this week with team members who have verified negative results,” noted Peter Handy, President & CEO.
“Our company is built on trust and transparency, and we are sharing this information accordingly. Please join me in including our affected team members in your thoughts. We will stand behind and support our teammates throughout this process.”
Since March, Bristol has operated with modified procedures to meaningfully reduce the risk of its team members contracting COVID-19.
These procedures include the installation of an outdoor hand-washing station, temperature checks and health questionnaires for all team members prior to entry, closing the facility to outside visitors, additional hand-washing prior to entering the production areas, the use of masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns, thorough sanitizing of the facility throughout the day and at the end of each shift, adjusting production lines to allow adequate spacing, and eliminating overlap between personnel in our first and second shifts, among other actions taken.
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Bristol Seafood is on a mission to make seafood America’s favorite protein. Since its founding in 1992 on the waterfront in Portland, Maine, the company has built a nationwide following for its steadfast adherence to its Uncompromising Maine Standards. Bristol is committed to sustainable business practices and is the first seafood company to earn a Fair Trade certification for seafood harvested in US waters. Its state-of-the-art facility is certified by GFSI for food safety, MSC for sustainability, and Fair Trade for social welfare. Learn more at www.bristolseafood.com.