While lobbying to keep operating during the pandemic, the U.S. industry sent a record amount of pork to a country vital to its growth.
Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.
Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants have created a backlog of animals ready for slaughter but with nowhere to go. Farmers are having to cull them.
“I came to America thinking I could never go through hell.” After surviving civil war in Sudan, one of America’s most vulnerable workers faces the coronavirus.
The executive action signals that decisions around whether to close or reopen plants should be driven by the federal government, not local authorities.
The executive order is meant to prevent shortages of pork, chicken and other products. But unions fear it will endanger workers in the plants, which have become coronavirus hot spots.
The executive order is aimed at preventing shortages of pork, chicken and other products by ensuring that meat processing facilities remain open despite a risk of coronavirus outbreaks.
A relatively small number of plants process much of the beef and pork in the United States, and some of them have closed because workers are getting sick.
The coronavirus is closing meatpacking plants, adding to financial strains from the China trade war and the rise of “fake” meat alternatives.
Refugees from around the world worked at the Smithfield pork factory in Sioux Falls. Now they face mounting illness and the sudden loss of their jobs.