Welsh red meat body to offer SME training

Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) is to offer employees of small and medium (SME) Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants new training opportunities to “maximise efficiency”.

HCC reported training in food hygiene, animal welfare and health and safety will become available for employees to “enhance their procedures and assist the businesses to develop in their sector”.

John Richards, HCC’s industry information executive, explained: “The aim of this project is to help businesses maximise their efficiency, ensure product quality, and provide opportunities for further development.

“It will also give Welsh abattoirs and cutting plants the chance to receive training in food hygiene, health and safety and animal welfare.”

Highlighting the importance of SME abattoirs in Wales, HCC reported that they accounted for nearly 20% of lamb, a quarter of beef and all pig throughputs in Wales.

“We therefore see that supporting these companies is vital for the continued success of the red meat sector in Wales,” said Richards.

“This enhancement has allowed us to offer the support to considerably more cutting plants and many of these supply butchers, restaurants and other foodservice outlets.“

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