Tyson Foods to suspend Waterloo, Iowa, pork processing plant
Tyson Foods as well as other major food producers are shutting down processing plants due to coronavirus breaking out among workers. FOX Business’ Susan Li with more.
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As concern for the American food supply chain grows amid the coronavirus pandemic, Tyson Foods Inc. has had to shut down multiple meatpacking operations throughout the country.
The company closed its Waterloo, Iowa, facility indefinitely Wednesday, which also happens to be its largest pork plant. This news comes a week after two Tyson plant workers were confirmed dead by local authorities in relation to the virus. The state of Georgia also reported two coronavirus deaths of Tyson plant employees.
TYSON FOODS TO INDEFINITELY SUSPEND OPERATIONS AT LARGEST PORK PLANT
“Protecting our team members is our top priority and the reason we’ve implemented numerous safety measures during this challenging and unprecedented time,” said Steve Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh Meats, in a recent press release. “Despite our continued efforts to keep our people safe while fulfilling our critical role of feeding American families, the combination of worker absenteeism, COVID-19 cases and community concerns has resulted in our decision to stop production.”