USDA Works to Address Meat Packing Turmoil

The USDA is reportedly working with other agencies to help meat plants gain access to COVID-19 tests.

Secretary Sonny Perdue claims that the country cannot afford for these plants to be offline very long and the USDA is working to get tests to the appropriate plants, so they can get back online.

Five more workers have reportedly died from the coronavirus; four workers were from a Tyson poultry plant in Georgia and one worker was from a Cargill facility in Colorado.

Hormel, Tyson, and JBS have reported new cases in facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, and Tennessee. These facilities are cutting back shifts or temporarily closing to help protect workers’ safety.

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