Longer working hours are required in slaughterhouses

German meat packers and slaughterhouses have to be allowed to work longer to compensate for the reduced processing capacity during the Corona crisis, said the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Association on Friday.
A number of German meat packaging companies became COVID-19 hotspots this summer, including the Tönnies slaughterhouse.
This created a major shock in the meat industry with higher standards. In order to meet the new requirements of coronavirus prevention, German slaughterhouses have reduced their processing capacity, said Franz-Josef Holzenkamp, President of the Association of German Agricultural Cooperatives.
Protecting health "is always the top priority," but the changes mean farmers are facing delays in finding slaughterhouses for their pigs, Holzenkamp said. Slaughter pigs can only be delivered to slaughterhouses with considerable delays and grow too fast on the farms, he said.
The association calls for the time restrictions on work in slaughterhouses to be relaxed, especially on Sundays.
TheFarmers are also suffering from price cuts caused by import bans on German pork following the discovery of African swine fever in wild boars in the state of Brandenburg, he said

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