The organisation representing meat factories says it's extremely disappointed that efforts by the Agriculture Minister to bring together all the beef sector stakeholders was rejected last night by the Beef Plan, who refused to participate.

Meat Industry Ireland says the protest has led to the closure of 14 meat plants nationally, while many others are operating well below capacity.

Some companies have been forced to lay off employees, with more expected to be laid off in the coming days as operations grind to a halt.

The industry says the protests at meat factories has increased the risk of businesses losing cstomers that they had supplied over the past 20 years, as continuity of supply is key to maintaining customers in a very competitive market.

In a statement to Midwest News, Meat Industry Ireland says that, because of the Beef Plan protests and following its refusal to enter talks brokered by the Minister, businesses have - as a last resort - been left with no choice other than to seek legal remedy.



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