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DEFA minister takes on Meat Plant role after audit

'Major challenges' identified following two month review

The environment, food and agriculture minister has taken on the role as the chair of the Isle of Man Meat Plant whilst a ‘turnaround plan’ is developed.  

It follows an audit which highlighted 'major challenges' including a lack of management at the facility as well as a need to review compliance and governance.

The two-month review also flagged issues with the sales model and a need to increase throughput of the plant through operational efficiencies and improved training for employees.

Government has also confirmed the plant’s manager has resigned from his role.

Graham Crowe, who has been acting as interim chair since January, will remain on the board of directors - four new non-executive directors have also been appointed.

Minister Clare Barber said: “A functioning meat plant performs a pivotal role at the centre of both Manx agriculture and the Island’s strategic food security policy so I welcome the report and look forward to addressing the challenges with the board.

“I would like to thank Graham for stepping in to help over the last 10 months during which this audit took place.”

According to government the search for a new plant manager, and permanent chair, is now underway.

You can find the full report HERE.

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