Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
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.
“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.
A national lockdown is bad medicine and worse politics.
A lawsuit filed against a Smithfield Foods plant claims it has created a public nuisance by failing to protect workers from coronavirus infection.
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.
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.
Disruptions are expected in the production and distribution of products like pork, and localized shortages could occur.
Some employees are coming in sick, and one woman died after being ordered back to work. “Our work conditions are out of control,” a longtime Tyson employee said.