Isle of Man Meats has put in place a range of measures to ensure the Meat Plant meets local demand.
Tim Baker MHK, Chairman of Isle of Man Meats, said the actions taken addressed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis in regard to food security, and were in line with measures being taken by other organisations within the Island’s agriculture sector that play a vital role in the food chain. He added: “It’s essential that we continue to have a robust and resilient agricultural supply chain both in the short-term, and in order to prepare for when we get through the challenges that the Island is currently facing.”
Phil Parsons, Plant Director at Isle of Man Meats, said: “The Meat Plant is one of the Island’s strategic assets and vital to food production. We are taking into account advice from Isle of Man Government and DEFA, and are working with our valued producers, retailers, and business partners. More than ever, it’s essential that everyone in the agriculture sector works together for the best interests of the Island, and on behalf of everyone at Isle of Man Meats I thank them all for their co-operation and support. I also want to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the fantastic work of the entire Isle of Meats team at this time of unprecedented challenges. We have put in place a range of measures that are necessary to protect the health and safety of our staff, and ensure that we can continue to supply the Island with high quality meat from our network of 220 Manx farms. The changes we have implemented at the Meat Plant – which have been communicated to all concerned – will enable us to increase production. We expect that the week commencing March 23rd will set a record for beef production at the Meat Plant. It has never been more important for consumers to buy local and we are continuing to encourage shoppers to support Isle of Man Meats and all other Manx producers by choosing local produce wherever possible.”
Isle of Man Meats’ beef, lamb and pork are available from participating butchers’ shops, convenience stores, and supermarkets Island-wide. Find out more at www.iommeats.com and the firm’s social media channels.