The Excel packing plant in Beardstown, Ill. has resumed operations after being shut down last week.

Slaughter resumed late last week, after USDA approved a company plan for hog handling operations. The plant has a daily slaughter capacity of 16,000 head.

The shutdown occurred because of a report that hot weather killed about 1,100 hogs waiting to be unloaded from trucks at the plant. The hogs reportedly died because unloading was slowed by several chutes being closed for repairs on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22.

Steve Cohen, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says USDA officials shut down the plant because of “several violations of the Humane Slaughter Act over a period of a couple weeks.”

Reuters