27 meat plants are closed by EU veterinary inspectors

APA - Austria Presse Agentur
opublikowano: 31-01-2005, 15:21

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Out of 259 meat plants which had 6-12 months to adjust to EU norms, 27 have already been closed. Today, EU veterinary inspectors are checking border control.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Out of 259 meat plants which had 6-12 months to adjust to EU norms, 27 have already been closed. Today, EU veterinary inspectors are checking border control.

‘The closed companies are mainly slaughterhouses which knew from the very beginning they would not try to adjust at all’, Cezary Bogusz, deputy chief veterinary doctor said. Six companies, which have started modernisation but due to delay with SAPARD funds and related credits have not finished it, will be excused. ‘In such cases we have decided to give the units three more weeks without limiting their production’, Cezary Bogusz added.

Poland’s veterinary authorities will control all slaughterhouses. ‘Many of them, which managed to survive the first several months in the EU, are in a state of euphoria. Instead of investing, a must in this business, they hope they will manage somehow to go on’, Cezary Bogusz said. Meat producers have spent around PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 369 m) in the last two years for modernisation. Their debts amount to PLN 1 billion.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.246)Poland/Enterprises/Food

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