Posted May 15, 2019 04:01:49The state’s biggest meat processor is under pressure as demand for meat rises in the wake of a beef spill at a plant in the city of Moringa.
Key points:In a major setback for Queensland’s meat industry, a $1.2 billion plant in Moringas worst-affected suburb of Glenorchy is under investigationBy Greg Sheridan, ABC’s Townsville bureauThe Glenorchys plant in Glenorcheys is the only one of the three remaining in Queensland to have suffered major damage in a cattle spillThe Government has announced it is considering whether to increase the rate of beef processing in Queensland after the spill at Glenorchiys plant.
The company says it is working to restore the facility and is taking steps to improve safety standards, but it remains under investigation by Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR).
The Department says the investigation is ongoing.
“We will not be able to provide further details of the investigation until it is complete,” the department said in a statement.
“As the investigation continues, we will be updating this page as the details become available.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was “very disappointed” by the spill.
“It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life, and I think it’s really sad to see,” she said.
Ms Palaszyczuk also said she wanted the department to investigate the facility in Glenoreys as soon as possible.
“The best thing for the people of Glenorey is to be safe, and that’s why we’re going to be investigating this plant,” she told reporters.
The Government’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Tom Tate, said the investigation was still underway and no conclusions had been reached.
“There are still ongoing investigations into that facility, and it will be an ongoing investigation,” he said.
“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then we’ll be bringing those matters to the attention of the appropriate authorities and the court system.”‘
I’m devastated’The state government is set to increase its beef processing rate in Queensland from the current $2.50 a kilogram to $3.75 a kilo.
Queenslanders can now purchase the meat of cattle at a price of $1,200 a kilogon, or $3,800 a kilofram.
A number of the largest meat processors have reported losses this week.
McDonald’s, which processes about half of the beef produced in Queensland, said it would report a loss of about $1 million.
However, the company said the spill did not affect its sales in the past week.
The Department of Industry, Trade and Investment has also announced it will increase its rate of processing beef from $2 to $4.80 a kilomoleme.
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