On Friday the USDA announced reopening of 14 meatpacking plants across the country, including four beef plants.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said these meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan to resume operations this week. The plants are to follow President Donald Trump’s Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Trump took decisive action last week to ensure America’s meatpacking facilities reopen in a safe way to ensure America’s producers and ranchers will be able to bring their product to market,” Perdue said. “I want to thank the patriotic and heroic meatpacking facility workers who are returning to work this week so the millions of Americans who depend on them for food security can continue to do so.”
The following major meatpacking facilities are resuming operations across the United States this week:
- Tyson Perry, Iowa (pork)
- Tyson Waterloo, Iowa (pork)
- Tyson Logansport, Indiana (pork)
- Tyson Robards, Kentucky (poultry)
- Tyson Portland, Maine (further processor)
- Tyson Pasco, Washington (beef)
- Tyson Dakota City, Nebraska (beef)
- Aurora Packing, Aurora, Illinois (beef)
- JBS Green Bay, Wisconsin (beef)
- JBS Worthington, Minnesota (pork)
- Smithfield Monmouth, Illinois (pork)
- Smithfield Sioux Falls, S.D. (pork)
- Indiana Packers, Indiana (pork)
- Jennie-O Turkey Store, Willmar, Minnesota (poultry)
On May 5 Perdue issued letters to governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These letters establish USDA’s clear expectations for the implementation of President Trump’s recent Executive Order concerning meat production facilities as critical infrastructure.
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