QMS said the consultation on the future of the abattoir at Elgin would come as a blow for staff and the community it serves.
A historic Scottish abattoir could close after Dunbia confirmed it was consulting on its future.
Quality Meat Scotland said the consultation on the future of the abattoir at Elgin would come as a blow for staff and the community it serves.
17 jobs were at risk at the site in Moray. The abattoir’s origins can be traced back to the 1890s and it moved to the current site in 1994. Dunbia bought the small beef and lamb abattoir in 2007. It was the last abattoir in the region.
A spokesman for Dunbia confirmed it has entered into consultation with staff regarding the proposed closure of the site.
“The move comes as part of the company’s overall redevelopment strategy for its operations in Scotland, where it is implementing a multimillion pound investment programme,” he said.
“The proposed closure puts 17 staff members at risk of redundancy, and the Company has offered assistance in relocating the staff to take up roles at other Dunbia sites.
“Should the plant close, Dunbia plans to continue to source livestock from the area and steps will be put in place to maintain supply chains with existing livestock suppliers.”
It follows the completion of a strategic partnership and joint venture with Dawn Meats in September 2017, with the combined UK business now trading as Dunbia.
Alan Clarke, chief executive of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), said: “The potential closure of any abattoir represents a blow to the staff it employs and the community it serves and we are very disappointed to hear the news that the closure of Elgin abattoir is being considered.
“In the meantime, QMS will continue to work closely with Dunbia and industry organisations to review the options available.
“Our understanding is that, should the plant close, Dunbia plans to continue to source livestock from the area and steps would be put in place to maintain supply chains with its livestock suppliers.”