GERMANY, Gütersloh. It is still uncertain when the large slaughtering and cutting plant of Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück will be able to resume operations.
"I don't dare to make a prognosis as to when the plant will be able to work again," said Sven-Georg Adenauer, District Administrator of the Gütersloh district, at a press conference on Tuesday. He said that Tönnies could only reopen when it was certain that there was no danger to the people who worked there, or to the population of the Gütersloh district. Adenauer expressed understanding for the fact that farmers with animals ready for slaughter are under pressure. He also said that around 7,000 jobs were at stake. But health was the top priority. Currently, the different areas of the plant are being examined. Among other things, the ventilation is being examined.
The hygiene concept presented by Tönnies is partly in the right direction, but does by no means fulfil everything that is necessary, the District Administrator stated. "The company still has to do some reworking and I assume that the company will do the same", said Adenauer. He also announced that the Tönnies company would be liable for the costs incurred by the corona outbreak at its production facility. After all, Clemens Tönnies' company had caused many costs in the Gütersloh district. "Mr. Tönnies has agreed to bear the costs for the tests. The lid will certainly get bigger," said Adenauer according to agency reports.
Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE