Past Bird Flu Scare Brazilian Firm Back to Killing One Million Chickens a Day

The world president of the Doux Group, Charles Doux, and the director for institutional relations in Brazil, Aristides Vogt, announced Monday, July 10, that their poultry plant Frangosul will go back to slaughtering one million birds per day in Rio Grande do Sul, southernmost Brazilian state.

The company had reduced the number to 700,000 in March, when cases of avian influenza were registered in some countries. Currently 850,000 birds are being slaughtered per day. The information is from the local state government’s spokesman.

The Doux Frangosul unit in Montenegro is the one that processes the largest number of chickens. The company also has another three production units in the Gaúcho cities of Passo Fundo and Caxias do Sul, and in the midwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

The company has French capital and employs over 8,000 people. The animals are supplied by 3,500 families of small producers, generating over 15,000 indirect jobs, according to the Doux International Relations director, Aristide Inácio Vogt. Company technicians and vets accompany the raising of the animals.

Most of the company exports are whole chickens. They sell around 35,000 tons of chicken on the foreign market every month, and export to 90 countries, thus generating around 75% of company revenues.

Frangosul is the third largest company in Brazil in terms of chicken slaughter. The company capital was originally Brazilian, but it was bought by the French in 1988. In Europe, Doux is the largest chicken producer.

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