OSHA Under Fire Over Regulation of Meatpacking in Pandemic

Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.

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As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

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.

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As Meatpacking Plants Reopen, Data About Worker Illness Remains Elusive

Emails show local officials received conflicting signals from state leaders and meatpacking companies about how much information to release about outbreaks in plants.

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One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections.

“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.

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America Shouldn’t Have to Play by New York Rules

A national lockdown is bad medicine and worse politics.

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Smithfield Meat Plant Conditions Assailed as Public Nuisance

A lawsuit filed against a Smithfield Foods plant claims it has created a public nuisance by failing to protect workers from coronavirus infection.

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The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

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.

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South Dakota Meat Plant Is Now Country’s Biggest Coronavirus Hot Spot

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.

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U.S. Food Supply Chain Is Strained as Virus Spreads

Disruptions are expected in the production and distribution of products like pork, and localized shortages could occur.

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Poultry Worker’s Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants

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.

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