Plant retains 122 workers.
*70% of the horses slaughtered came from the United States, where in many places their slaughtering is forbidden.By Margarito Juárez GonzálezFresnillo, Zac. The company “Empacadora de Carne de Fresnillo” laid off 93 workers because horsemeat sales decreased by a 60%. The dismissed workforce will be hired back in case exports increase this year.Horsemeat sales to European customers decreased due to many factors, principally because of a lower demand but particularly because the company did not comply with several quality regulations pertaining to the slaughtering process and sanitary conditions.
This drop in meat exports caused the dismissal of 93 workers from said city. Most of these workers reside in slums and shantytowns close by the metropolitan area.
The plant remains in operation since it still maintains two key outlets, namely the sale of equines [sic, author likely meant equine meat] at national and local level. The company exported to European countries since it has Belgian investors. The plant is 50 years old.
Several company executives claimed this year was one of the most difficult times for them, financially speaking, and that they were not expecting to dismiss such a number of employees.
There is another equine slaughter plant in the municipalty of Jerez de Garcia Salinas which is also on the brink of closing down because of the same reasons that Empacadora de Carnes de Fresnillo.
It is worth noting that in the last years no such a drastical drop in the exports of equines [sic, again the author is likely referring to equine meat] to the European Union was ever registered.