EU orders Antwerp abattoir to shut down
13 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The European Food Safety Authority has ordered the Antwerp abattoir to temporarily shut down its operations.
13 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The European Food Safety Authority has ordered the Antwerp abattoir to temporarily shut down its operations.
The order was issued after various breaches of regulations were uncovered during a recent inspection, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported on Thursday.
The abattoir, located on the Lange Lobroekstraat, was ordered to close its doors from 17 July, leading to great pessimism among wholesalers.
The slaughterhouse employs about 600 people on a direct and indirect basis.
It is operated by a private firm and has a temporary permit from Belgium's Federal Food Agency.
The European food agency decided to suspend the abattoir's slaughter licence on 6 June after inspecting the premises.
If the necessary changes are made, the abattoir can re-open. The owner said that could take place in three to four months.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news