New slaughterhouse still unable to export meat

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GUERNSEY'S new £1.7m. slaughterhouse still does not meet requirements for meat to be sold abroad.

But farmers who are still frustrated with teething problems at the facility have highlighted a gradual improvement in the operation.

Commerce and Employment confirmed that, after a series of snagging issues, the facility was fit for use locally for cows over 30 months, but not yet licensed for export.

'The process of licensing involves the operator of the plant and HSSD, and we await the results of an inspection that was done a few weeks ago by staff of the Environmental Health Unit who are responsible for this part of the regulation,' a spokesman said.

'"Fully licensed" means it will meet every full EU equivalent standard and from that point it will be possible to export meat from the facility into EU countries.'

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