Vion to move away from imported slaughter pigs
Dutch food producer, Vion, wants to discontinue
importing slaughter pigs, according to Bas Alblas, company director in an
interview with Agrarisch Dagblad.
"We have a tough nut to crack in this business and
if I had my way, we wouldn't do it anymore," he said.
Alblas is of the
opinion that the risks associated with animal welfare are too large in view of
the discussion over livestock transports in the last few months.
Vion will continue importing pigs from Belgium and Germany as they are
basically "Dutch pigs" according to a spokesperson of the company.
Currently, the company imports slaughter pigs on a regular basis from
Denmark - a strategic business in view of keeping up with the competition with
In the past, imports of slaughter pigs from France and
Denmark caused uproar among Dutch pig producers with regard to pricing and
Vion always maintained that these pigs originating from France and Denmark
met Dutch quality standards for pigs. For the long time now, pig producers beg
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