Labelling problems for shipments of product to China have affected Oamaru’s second meat processing plant, Lean Meats.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed the company’s certification for China was suspended on August 10 this year because it did not comply with labelling requirements in some cartons.
MPI deputy director general Scott Gallacher said ‘the company (Lean Meats) has provided details of the cartons affected and has updated their internal programmes to ensure compliance with the China labelling requirements”.
“MPI is in discussions with the Chinese authorities in relation to the means of lifting Lean Meats Limited’s export certification suspension,” he said.
Lean Meats managing director Richard Thorp said the company was still processing products for other markets, but shipments to China had temporarily been halted.
“We are processing small numbers of sheep and lambs for other markets, plus bobby calves, which are coming to an end,” he said.
“Our staffing levels have remained at about 160 people, and we will lift these numbers to around 200 when we start processing chilled packs for the North American and European market in the next 10 days or so.”
Mr Thorp said the company had a very positive level of forward orders for the North American and European markets and work on these was expected to be under way in the next 10 days.
By Jacquie Webby