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New Guernsey slaughterhouse 'will be open'

Guernsey's slaughterhouse
The current slaughterhouse is deemed unfit under European standards

A new Guernsey slaughterhouse will be ready before the current facility closes, the States has claimed.

The building in St Peter Port has been deemed not fit for purpose and is due to close in two years on health and safety grounds.

Commerce and Employment Minister Carla McNulty-Bauer said she hoped to build the new facility at Longue Hougue, next to the current carcass incinerator.

She said she was sure it could be open in time.

Deputy McNulty-Bauer said: "With a new modern slaughterhouse we can extend the age of the cattle that are slaughtered. With the new location it gives us the opportunity as well to export."

James Watts, the spokesman for the Guernsey Farmers' Association, said the island could not be without a slaughterhouse.

He said: "The old slaughterhouse is perfectly functional, but it has been deemed that it's not up to European standards.

"We can't be without a slaughterhouse as it would greatly affect our ability to produce what food we can for ourselves on the island."

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