US meat processor Cargill is to cut production at its Texas-based turkey processing plant by 40% due to a glut of turkey meat on the market.
The plant, which is the only turkey processor in Texas, employs around 1,000 people. While there are currently no plans to lay off any permanent staff, a Cargill spokeswoman told a local paper that the company will begin laying off the plant’s temporary workers next week.
Some turkey growers were angered by the decision to cut production at the plant. Some have accused Cargill of persuading farmers to boost their production and then refusing to renew farmers’ contracts. Cargill has denied the allegation.
Texas is typically one of the top ten states in turkey production but with Cargill ending contracts with turkey farmers, the state is likely to fall in the rankings, reported the Associated Press.