Tyson closes Iowa pork plant amid COVID-19 outbreak

Tyson closes Iowa pork plant amid COVID-19 outbreak

More packing plants are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tyson Foods has suspended operations at its pork processing
plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa this week after more than two dozen workers
became infected with COVID-19. 

In a release on Monday, Tyson Foods CEO Noel White said the
closure is out of an abundance of caution and in order to minimize the impact
on the company’s overall production, Tyson is diverting the livestock supply
originally scheduled for delivery at the affected plant to other Tyson pork plants
in the region. 

The facility kills just over 10,000 hogs per day, or about 2
percent of the country’s total slaughter capacity. 

This is the latest disruption to the food supply chain due to the virus, National Beef Packing Company said it has suspended cattle slaughter at a plant in Tama, Iowa this week for cleaning that was originally scheduled later this month.

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