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Tyson's Meat Plants Disrupted as Workers Fall Ill or Stay Home

Tyson's Meat Plants Disrupted as Workers Fall Ill or Stay Home
(AP)

Monday, 06 April 2020 05:15 PM

Tyson Foods Inc. has suspended processing pork at its plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, after over two dozen employees tested positive for Covid-19.

The company’s array of meat and poultry plants are experiencing “varying levels” of impact to production.

More workers are failing to show up to shifts, and additional sanitation efforts to keep workers safe are spurring temporary closures, Chief Executive Officer Noel White said in a statement Monday.

In the case of the Iowa plant, hogs are being sent to other pork facilities in the region to minimize disruption.

The shutdown is the latest meat-plant disruption being reported as coronavirus cases rise, now affecting not only cities but also spreading to rural areas that are the heart of U.S. food production. Sanderson Farms Inc. said last week that 15 employees tested positive for the virus at a Georgia plant, and sent over 400 workers home. Perdue Farms Inc. and JBS SA have also experienced disruptions.

Meanwhile, Tyson needs more personal protective equipment for its workers. The meat giant is asking federal agencies for more such gear for its employees and trying to secure supplies of face coverings, White said.

“We’re working hard to protect our team members during this ever-changing situation, while also ensuring we continue fulfilling our critical role of helping feed people across the country,” White said.

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