U.S. Meat Supply Is 'Perilously Close' To A Shortage, CEO Warns

U.S. Meat Supply Is 'Perilously Close' To A Shortage, CEO Warns

U.S. Meat Supply Is 'Perilously Close' To A Shortage, CEO Warns

Workers at other meat facilities have also become ill, including 130 workers who tested positive for COVID-19 at Cargill's meat packaging plant near Hazleton, PA, and 17 positive workers at JBS' beef slaughterhouse in Souderton, PA-the latter of which is closed until at least Thursday. "And any disruption creates issues like we're dealing with here today".

While the increasing number of coronavirus cases at the plant forced it to shut down, South Dakota is one of seven USA states without a statewide stay-at-home order.

KELO Radio is reporting that Smithfield Foods has announced that it will close it's Sioux Falls pork processing plant indefinitely as a result of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

People seeking information on COVID-19 should make sure it comes from verifiable, accurate sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the South Dakota Department of Health.

"Many U.S. hospitals are now using hydroxychloroquine as first-line therapy for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 despite extremely limited clinical data supporting its effectiveness", Dr. Wesley Self, emergency medicine physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in a statement.

In preparation for a full shutdown, some activity will occur at the plant on Tuesday to process product in inventory, consisting of millions of servings of protein. Tyson Foods Inc. announced earlier this month that it would suspend production at a Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant after employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Two dozen workers at the plant had contracted the coronavirus.

"We're going on offense to help every single person deal with this virus and be willing to fight it and get better and go home to their families", Noem said during Monday's briefing.

The company said it will pay employees for the next two weeks and will reopen once given the okay from local, state and federal officials. The issues follow almost a month of stockpiling of food and other essentials by panicked shoppers that have tested supply networks as never before.

A shelter-in-place order would not have prevented the CCP virus outbreak at the plant, she said.

Suttle said the drug is taken similar to a Zithromax Z-Pak, where you take a loading dose for about four or five days but it stays inside your body for up to 50 days.

Trucking and supply chain disruptions caused by the closings are real but temporary, Steve Meyer, a consulting economist with the National Pork Board, told FreightWaves. "These farmers have nowhere to send their animals", he wrote.

The letter specifically called on "Tyson Foods, Equity Foods, JBS/Pilgrim's Pride, Koch Foods and Wayne Farms to implement critical standards to protect workers' safety and to secure the food supply chain". And the company's CEO warned that the coronavirus pandemic is pushing the nation's meat supply "perilously close" to the edge.

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