EU law threatens Scottish frozen sausage manufacturer

Posted on 9 Jul 2012

European legislation could cost Scotland-based Freshlink Foods over 140 jobs at its Glasgow plant, union officials warn.

A new EU regulation on cold storage gas will come into effect in 2014, completely banning the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbon refrigerants.

Freshlink Foods issued a statement that said it had “commenced a minimum 90-day consultation period with its workforce regarding the possibility of a restructuring of its operations, which may impact on the future of the site.”

The company manufactures over 120 varieties of sausage, of which it is the largest independent producer in the UK.

John Tonner of the Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers said that Freshlink Foods is likely to move its business elsewhere, and added that despite some spare capacity at other sites no employee has been offered to work in a different location.