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Cargill Opens $17.2M Chicken Processing Site in Ontario

April 5, 2018

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Cargill Opens $17.2M Chicken Processing Site in Ontario
A Cargill Protein facility in London, ON. Image courtesy of Google Maps

The Protein unit of American agribusiness Cargill recently announced plans to invest CAD$22 million, or about $17.2 million, to upgrade its chicken processing plant in London, ON with a new Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system to more humanely handle the poultry there.

Replacing an existing electric stunning system, the new CAS equipment is slated to be operational at the Ontario site by this spring, the company said in a Mar. 29 press release.

“As we grow our business to meet consumer and customer demand for wholesome, nutritious, affordable animal protein, we continuously explore enhancements that position us a s an industry leader in both animal welfare and protein production,” said Claudecir Pagnussatto, plant general manager at the facility, in a statement. “Our new CAS system will help reduce handling stress with chickens, resulting in a higher-quality, more consistent product.”

The firm said a rise in consumer demand for humanely harvested poultry drove the decision to switch to the new system. The company installed similar equipment at a Turkey processing site about 10 years ago, the release said.

“Cargill is committed to ensuring the highest standards for animal welfare are maintained and believes all food animals deserve respect and dignity prior to harvesting. We have led the way in many areas of animal welfare,” Dr. Stefanie Cottee, the global head of poultry welfare at Cargill, stated. “We were the first to install third-party remote video auditing at our harvest plants to ensure our animal welfare program is properly implemented.”

Opened in 1987, the Cargill Protein plant in London serves poultry customers throughout Canada.

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