26 October 2001


&#8226 THE closure of the St Merryn Meats abattoir in Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire, came as a blow to local farmers last week with the company blaming strict meat hygiene regulations and the foot-and-mouth crisis for its demise.

A spokesman for St Merryn said the site was being mothballed. However, he stressed Skellingthorpe was a unique case and the move would not affect the companys other abattoirs or its plans for further expansion. &#42

Up to its closure, the Skellingthorpe site had been killing up to 700 cattle each week.

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