Canards du Lac Brome is laying off its 300 employees

Bird flu continues to spread in Canards du Lac Brome. The 300 employees of the 13 production sites will be temporarily laid off within 4 to 5 weeks.

The company plans to completely stop sales within a month and is unlikely to resume operations before at least 10 months. “We are in a state of war. As of now, it is clear that we are significantly affected by avian influenza,” reports General Manager Angela Anderson. The point of sale in Lac-Brome is also temporarily closed.

As of April 20, 3 sites are now affected, namely those of Saint-Claude, Knowlton and Wotton. In Saint-Claude all the birds had to be euthanized. The Knowlton manufacturing facility, dedicated to duck genetics and therefore breeding, also slaughtered all of the animals, including more than 400,000 hatching eggs.

The DG claims that nearly 150,000 birds have been euthanized at the 3 contaminated sites so far. More than 350,000 ducks are continuously raised by the company.

With the massive slaughter at Knowlton, Quebec’s largest duck producer is back at square one.

“We’re out of production. Our operations have been completely halted so we can only process, package and sell to our customers the birds that are currently on the farms. There are still about 150,000 to 200,000 birds. We have nothing left. You literally have to start from scratch,” laments Ms. Anderson.

For the 10 other sites currently unaffected by an outbreak, all tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration of Canada (CFIA) have come back negative. The company ensures that all products that come out are of impeccable quality. “The production can therefore be diverted to the usual distribution channels,” says a press release. The organization would like to remind you that the products offered are not dangerous for consumption.

Canards du Lac Brome, which holds 60% of the Canadian market, has 13 locations in 4 regions of Quebec, namely in Estrie, Montérégie, Centre-du-Québec and Mauricie.

With information from Guillaume Cotnoir-Lacroix

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