After 70 million chickens culled amid strikes, Brazil reports partial resumption of production activity

31 May 2018, at 12:00am

BRAZIL - The Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA) reports a partial resumption of production activity during a strike which has led to the culling of 70 million chickens

According to the Associated Press, Brazil stopped the export of 120,000 tons of chicken and pork meat since truckers began striking on 21 May. The strike has led to the deaths of 70 million birds. A further 1 billion chickens and 20 million pigs are at risk of death.

As of yesterday, 30 May 2018, the ABPA reported the partial resumption of production activities "with the action of the military police forces and the army." Exports, however, remain frozen at ports and the ABPA indicates that aggressive demonstrations remain prevalent, though they are confiden that poultry, feed and refrigerated trucks will soon return to transit. "Aggressive demonstrations" have included the burning of two feed trucks.

The strike, which includes more than 230,000 workers, has also led to the cancellation of flights as well as school and university classes.

“The inconsistency of picketing will have a direct impact on the purchasing power of the consumer, with a lower supply of products but with the same tax burden, including operational costs and possible high inputs for industrial production, it will be more expensive to produce,” said the ABPA in a press release.

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