German pig industry suffers after slaughterhouse closure

German pig farmers experience significant disruption after one of the country’s largest abattoir’s closes due to a coronavirus outbreak.
calendar icon 3 July 2020
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“Each week of the plant's closure is forcing about 100,000 pigs to remain on farms even though they are ready to be slaughtered,” said the association. “The pig farmers are the victims of the plant’s closure.”

The outbreak at the meat processing plant has sparked a debate about standards in Germany's food industry and its reliance on migrant labour, particularly from Romania.

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