Que. flood concerns briefly shut Olymel pork plant

Quebec meat packing firm Olymel called off shifts Wednesday at its Beauce-region pork slaughter plant due to potential flood threats.

Olymel, the meat processing arm of agrifood co-operative Coop Federee, said it decided to cancel Wednesday’s evening and night shifts at its plant at Vallee-Jonction, about 60 km south of Quebec City, due to concerns over high water levels on the nearby Chaudiere River.

“The situation today has prevented the normal course of business and the plant could not be put in operation for its day shift,” the company said in a release Wednesday.

Business was expected to resume normally Thursday morning, the company said.

The Vallee-Jonction slaughter, cutting and boning plant employs over 1,000 people, with slaughter capacity for about 35,000 hogs per week, processing for domestic use and for export markets including Japan and Russia.

According to Radio-Canada on Monday, snowmelt and rain pushed water on the Chaudiere to flood-watch levels. While levels have since retreated, the broadcaster said, authorities were monitoring ice jams on the waterway. — AGCanada.com Network


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