In an effort to keep the beef supply chain intact, President Trump signed an executive order April 28 that orders beef packing plants to remain open and employees in those plants to remain at work through the COVID-19 pandemic. The action will help ensure beef remains available to consumers and ultimately provide the food that American consumers will need to reopen the nation.
"While there are currently no widespread shortages of beef, we are seeing supply chain disruptions because of plant closures and reductions in the processing speed at many, if not most, beef processing plants in the United States. We thank President Trump for his recognition of the problem and the action he has taken today to begin correcting it,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall.
“American consumers rely on a safe, steady supply of food, and President Trump understands the importance of keeping cattle and beef moving to ensure agriculture continues to operate at a time when the nation needs it most,” Woodall said.
“We understand and appreciate the difficulties facing processing plant workers during this crisis,” said Woodall. “Processing plant employees play a role that is critical to the security of this nation and America’s cattle producers offer their sincere gratitude for the work they are doing to keep food shortages from compounding the complex issues we’re facing.”
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