Fire destroys part of Danish pig abattoir
A huge fire in Denmark's third largest slaughterhouse
will be causing logistical difficulties in the slaughter
The abattoir, based in Blans, in the South of the country and owned by the
cooperation Danish Crown, one of Europe's biggest slaughtering companies, went
ablaze on Monday.
As soon as the fire
brigade had controlled the blaze, the cooling tunnel and a cooling department
had been destroyed completely. It is estimated that no slaughterings can take place for
at least two to three months
In the abattoir, about 45,000 pigs
are slaughtered on a weekly basis. This week, the number of weekly slaughterings
even was scheduled to go up to 56,000.
The animals will now have to
be taken care of by slaughterhouses in the direct surroundings. It is even
likely slaughterings have to be continued in the weekends to process all
Fire in Iowa
Flames also struck a pig farm East of
Iowa City, US, last Monday afternoon.
A blaze killed about 1,100 pigs
housed in a confinement building that caught fire. The building was completely
A spokesman from the local fire brigade said the blaze was
not suspicious in nature.
â€¢ Danish Crown
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