Minerva to temporarily close Barretos site


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



Brazilian beef processor Minerva has announced that it will implement collective vacation on its Barretos plant in Sao Paulo.


The site will be closed from 17 to 30 June, “for preventive maintenance purposes, in order to increase its efficiency and reach high levels of productivity”​.


A statement from the business explained that the furlough occurs at the same time as suspension of Brazilian beef exports to China due to the confirmation of an atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy - (BSE) case in Mato Grosso state.


Minerva exports to China from its Barretos plant, which has a daily slaughtering capacity of 840 head. However, it said that its ability to export to China via subsidiary Athena Foods is 6.7 times higher than in Brazil, counting with three slaughter units in Uruguay which has a total daily slaughtering of 3,200 head and Rosario' plant in Argentina, that has a daily slaughtering capacity of 2,400 head. The sites in Uruguay and Argentina have not been affected by the suspension.


A suspension of beef exports to China​ was announced earlier this month...