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Talks continue to save meat plant.

TALKS were continuing last night in a bid to save 350 abattoir jobs on Anglesey.

Last week workers at Welsh Country Foods, Gaerwen, were told by bosses from the Netherlands-based Vion Foods that the site could be forced to close and it was beginning a 90-day consultation exercise.

It follows a decision by "key customer" Asda to consolidate its fresh lamb business with another supplier, understood to be Dunbia Meats.

Yesterday Vion's UK chiefs met senior executives at Asda to appeal the decision to end the contract.

Discussions were ongoing yesterday evening.

A Vion spokeswoman yesterday said: "Vion Foods can confirm that representatives of its senior management team are meeting with ASDA today under the provisions of the Grocery Supply Chain Code of Practice (GSCOP).

"Throughout the 90-day consultation period we are committed to exploring every opportunity to retain and attract customers for WCF. Thursday''s discussion with ASDA under the GSCOP is part of that process.

The Welsh Government is also involved in talks with the companies.

Business minister Edwina Hart said that she would continue to investigate any options to maintain the viable operation and long term future of the plant. The Welsh Government had already given a commitment to 'substantial support' ' for the development of the site.

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