April 28, 2006


Tyson confirms closure of five beef plants, four pork plants



Tyson Foods will not operate at five of its nine US beef plants and will have four of six pork plants closed Monday due to a potential shortage of workers and current market conditions, a Tyson spokesman said Thursday (Apr 27).


Spokesman Gary Mickelson provided the company's updated slaughter plans by email.


Immigrant workers have declared May 1 as a day of protest against tough new immigration reform legislation being considered by Congress.


The Tyson update puts the number of total US beef plants to be closed Monday to at least 12 and pork plants to at least 14. Slaughter for both species is expected to be reduced to around 50 percent or less than normal Monday.


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