Shut Botswana plants reopen

Two meats plants run by the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), which had ceased production after vets pulled the plug, are now up and running again.

The two sites – abattoir and processing facilities – have been given the green light to resume exports after being granted licences by Botswana regulators.

Officials had declined to issue export certificates because of a number “maintenance issues”, which have now been resolved said the BMC.

It said it had recently launched a restructuring programme and said that it was: “Set to improve its product range, service levels and overall performance over the coming months and years. This new approach will have a strong customer focus and the UK based sales team are ready to provide bespoke solutions to their customers reflecting the change in consumer demands.”

It added: “BMC Commissioners have always welcomed the EU approvals system that is administered through the CCADVS. They acknowledge these requirements are a critical element of the market access afforded to Botswana cattle producers.”

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