April 7, 2020
US meat companies shut down plants in Iowa and Pennsylvania due to COVID-19
Three pork and beef production facilities in Iowa and Pennsylvania have been closed due to COVID-19, affecting the US food supply chain, reported Reuters.
Tyson Foods has closed its swine slaughterhouse in Columbus Junction, Iowa for one week after 24 COVID-19 cases were reported among its workers there. To minimise disruption, swine supplies have been shifted to other plants.
Steve Meyer, U.S. commodity firm Kerns and Associateseconomist said the Columbus Junction plant slaughters 10,100 swine daily or 2% of the US slaughtering capacity.
Another plant in Tama, Iowa owned by the National Beef Packing Co was closed for cleaning. The company said COVID-19 is an unprecedented time in the industry.
JBS USA closed its Souderton, Pennsylvania beef plant until April 15, 2020 to ensure appropriate management leadership is in place before operations resume. Operations were reduced at that plant because senior management caught flu symptoms and were told to stay home.