​​Ministry of Agriculture: Due to the Eid el-Fitr, the celebration of the end of the Ramadan Month, there may be shortages in fresh chicken at the retail outlets


The reason: anticipated absences of Muslim workers at the abattoirs over the holiday and the proximity to the Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday

Due to Due to the marking of Eid el-Fitr, the celebration of the end of the Ramadan Month, there may be shortages in fresh chicken at the retail outlets, and there may not be sufficient fresh chicken on the market. The holiday lasts for two days, however due to the Shavuot holiday, which occurs close after it, the shortage is expected to last until the Monday following Shavuot (Tuesday, 4 June, to Monday, 10 June).  

The reason for the expected shortage is the absence of professional manpower from the abattoirs due to the holiday. Over the holiday. the abattoirs will not be operating, or their operations might be scaled down due to the lack of workers, since a large proportion of the professional workers are Muslim. Work is expected to resume gradually already on the Monday following the Shavuot holiday, so that by noon the day following the holiday (Monday, 10 June), regular, full-scale the supply of fresh chicken should be resumed. 

The Ministry of Agriculture points out that there should be no shortage of frozen chicken and there is even a surplus of these due to the product’s long shelf life compared with fresh chicken, whose shelf life is limited to about five days. The Ministry therefore calls on consumers to prepare themselves accordingly.