Danish Crown closes Southern Jutland slaughterhouse


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



Pork processor Danish Crown temporarily closed its Skærbæk slaughterhouse in Southern Jutland following the confirmation of coronavirus among staff at its main customer Westcrown.


In recent weeks, several German slaughterhouses have been forced to shut down because a large proportion of their employees have been infected with the coronavirus​, prompting authorities in several German states to test all employees at slaughterhouses and boning companies.


One of the companies that has had all the employees tested is Westcrown, a joint venture between Danish Crown and German Westfleisch. The company is located in Dissen in the North Rhine-Westphalia, which is one of the states that has chosen to test all slaughterhouse workers.


At the end of last week 280 Westcrown employees were tested and 90 employees were found to be infected with the coronavirus, leading to a suspension of production as well as a knock-on effect on Danish Crown. The business didn’t slaughter on Monday 18 May, with a decision for the rest of the week to be made in due course.


“The closure means that we must try to find other customers for the animals slaughtered in Skærbæk. That's a bigger task, because normally Westcrown takes care of all the animals we slaughter in Denmark,”​ said Danish Crown Pork CEO Søren F. Eriksen...