(NewsReady.com) – COVID-19 has, perhaps, most visibly affected hospital staff on the frontlines of the outbreak. Next might be grocery store workers and food delivery services. Logistical services, like the truckers, the USPS, FedEx, and Amazon, are also under a great deal of stress and facing unique challenges.
Our food manufacturing industry is also getting hit hard, part of which includes meat processing plants.
ALARMING—In South Dakota, workers at a Smithfield pork processing plant account for over half the state's Covid-19 cases. 240 of the plant's workers have tested positive.
Smithfield has shut the plant, which accounts for 5% of the nation's pork production https://t.co/Q9sJdlsiGi
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) April 13, 2020
Pork production in the US is taking a significant hit due to the coronavirus. Some plants, like Smithfield in South Dakota, are shutting down. The plant had originally planned to close for 3 days, though that could be extended to at least 14 days. Other processing plants are lowering production rates to stay on top of sanitary measures.
If this keeps up, America’s supply of protein could suffer a great deal.
Meat plant closures demonstrate how vulnerable global supply chains are in the midst of this crisis. As it stands in the short-term, you may not be able to stock up on your favorite sources of protein until the pandemic is under control. Fortunately, President Donald Trump is working hard to get America back to work.
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