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Backlog of Hogs Ready for Slaughter: Olymel and its Employees at the St-Esprit, Yamachiche and Ange-Gardien Plants Add overtime shifts While Supporting Les Moissons du Québec

ST-HYACINTHE, QC, May 30, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel management announced that more than 800 employees at its hog slaughterhouse and cutting plants in Yamachiche (Mauricie), St-Esprit (LanaudiA?re), and Ange-Gardien (MontA©rA©gie) have volunteered to work overtime shifts on this Saturday May 30 in order to reduce the number of hogs ready for slaughter and avoid euthanizing them. Given the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of the food processing sector, including slowdowns caused by lack of workers, the temporary closure of Olymel's Yamachiche plant and the reduced capacity of other slaughterhouses, the number of hogs ready for slaughter has never been so high in Quebec, exceeding the 100,000 head mark. The closure of many slaughterhouses in the United States has also deprived Olymel of an outlet that would have allowed it to deliver the surplus of hogs ready for slaughter in Quebec and Ontario to high-capacity American plants.
Backlog of Hogs Ready for Slaughter: Olymel and its Employees at the St-Esprit, Yamachiche and Ange-Gardien Plants Add overtime shifts While Supporting Les Moissons du QuГ©bec
Several other employees from Olymel's St-Hyacinthe plant and Agromex's St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Sherrington plants will lend a hand in this effort to reduce the number of hogs ready for slaughter and help their colleagues from the three slaughterhouses and cutting plants involved. They will support this initiative through packaging and storage activities while also contributing to the philanthropic aspect. Over the past two months, at the peak of the current pandemic, Olymel was unable to gather the number of employees required for additional slaughter shifts as a result of absences related to either confirmed COVID-19 cases, preventive isolation of other employees, suspension of inter-regional transport or closure of schools. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Olymel has implemented extensive health measures to prevent the spread of the virus and better protect the health of its workers in all its facilities. After slowdowns and interruptions, Olymel's hog slaughterhouse and cutting plants in Quebec have now regained more than 95% of their slaughtering capacity.Cooperating to help the least fortunate
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