Troubled turkey firm axes more staff

MORE workers will be laid off at troubled turkey producer Bernard Matthews as poor sales continue in the wake of the bird flu outbreak.A spokesman confirmed today that 35 employees would be made redundant with effect from tomorrow.

MORE workers will be laid off at troubled turkey producer Bernard Matthews as poor sales continue in the wake of the bird flu outbreak.

A spokesman confirmed today that 35 employees would be made redundant with effect from tomorrow.

The poultry firm was forced to slaughter 160,000 turkeys last month following an outbreak of bird flu at its factory in Holton, near Halesworth.

The number of workers laid off from its workforce of 4,500, which includes another factory at Great Witchingham in Norfolk, now stands at 270.


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A spokesman for Bernard Matthews said sales had levelled off since the bird flu outbreak but were yet to recover significantly.

He said: “Regrettably I can confirm that 35 staff have been made redundant with effect from March 29.

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“Following the bird flu outbreak at Holton a drop in sales has directly impacted on jobs in the local area.”

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