An employee at a Northern Foods' factory has been taken ill with suspected swine flu.

The member of staff works at the Fox's biscuit factory in Uttoxeter, which recently received a reprieve from closure after Northern delayed its plans to consolidate its biscuit production. The employee is now on sick leave.

As influenza was an airborne virus, there was no risk of infection to consumers eating products from the factory, stressed Northern head of communications Andrew Hanson.