Pennsylvania beef plant reduces production because of virus concerns
March 31, 2020 By Ken Anderson Filed Under: Livestock, News
A JBS beef processing plant is southeastern Pennsylvania is apparently the first U.S. meat plant to alter its production due to COVID-19 concerns.
JBS announced that
it is temporarily reducing production at its Souderton, Pennsylvania plant
after several senior management team members displayed flu-like
symptoms. Prior to the reduction, the plant was processing 22-hundred head per
The plant has more than 1,000
workers and is the largest beef facility east of Chicago, according to JBS.
JBS has also
confirmed that an employee at its pork processing plant in Ottumwa, Iowa tested
positive for COVID-19.
JBS says that worker is now in isolation
and a second employee who had direct contact with the first patient has been
sent home to self-quarantine for two weeks.
JBS says the Ottumwa plant will
remain open. The Ottumwa plant has 2,200 employees.
According to a Feedstuffs report, packing facilities
owned by Sanderson Farms, Foster Farms, and Perdue Farms have all had a small
number of employees test positive for COVID-19 but so far, no plants have been
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