Fire destroys processing plant in Australia
A Fire destroyed the Inghams processing plant near Melbourne in Australia. The plant is Victoria’s biggest, with 120,000 birds processed there each day.
The cause of the fire is being investigated but it is believed to have started in cardboard storage room as Melbourne sweltered in 40C-plus temperatures.
Ingham is planning to be bringing in chickens from its Adelaide plant to supply customers in Victoria.
Inghams group services director John Hexton said: “We are still working through the implications and are supporting the workers as best we can.” The plant that supplied nearly a third of the Victorian market has jeopardised the jobs of more than 1000 workers. Its destruction will also affect suppliers, distributors and small businesses that service the company.