COVID-19 cases were detected at a PepsiCo snack production factory in Beijing’s Daxing District, the company said on Sunday.
Production at the facility has been suspended, read a statement by the company posted on its account on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.
The producer of carbonated drinks, chips and other snacks did not specify how many infections were discovered at the facility.
But at a press conference held by Beijing authorities, an official with the local epidemic prevention and control team said that eight cases have been confirmed at a “food factory” in Daxing District, among which two are linked to the Xinfadi market. The official did not name the owner of the plant, but local media have reported that it belongs to PepsiCo, citing matching locations.
The factory mainly processes puffed grains and potato-based snacks such as popular chips brand Lay’s.
The beverage production side of the company has not been affected as no cases were discovered in its bottling plants, said the statement.
The company also said it has taken adequate measures, including sealing products, disinfecting spaces and quarantining employees, after discovering the cases.