Sen. DeGazon provides update on opening of abattoir
The St. Croix abattoir is on its way according to Sen. Allison L. DeGazon, after seeing progress made during an inspection of the facility on Monday led by the US Department of Agriculture.
The abattoirs were on a 120-day voluntary suspension after receiving seventeen Non-Regulatory Citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The citations, according to Agriculture Commissioner Positive T.A. Nelson, dated back to 2019, but said him and his team were working to address the issues and have the abattoir reopened quickly.
“On Monday I was invited to the USDA inspection by Commissioner Nelson. I met the new Quality Control rep and the new Abattoir Director. This staff seemed to be very energized and put in a lot of work to turn the abattoir around. The team was eager to address items pointed out by USDA,” DeGazon said.
The abattoir is expected to be up and running in the coming weeks in full compliance.
“We put a lot of pressure on The Commissioner and his team and they delivered. Within a few weeks the abattoir should be up and running,” DeGazon said, noting that her office will continue to be a source of support for the Department of Agriculture and will relay updated information to the community.
Recently, DeGazon submitted legislation to buy produce and livestock from registered farmers as a local stimulus for agriculture and the abattoir opening is an important aspect.
“Food sustainability, meat production, and the development of our local agriculture system remains my priority,” DeGazon said.