Tama beef plant suspends operations after workers get virus
Associated Press: A beef processing plant in one of Iowa’s coronavirus hot spots has suspended production after several workers have become infected. National Beef announced that its Iowa Premium plant in Tama will be idled until April 20. The company said numerous employees had contracted COVID-19 and others were exhibiting flu-like symptoms. It’s the second meat processing plant in Iowa to suspend operations after workers have become infected. Tyson Foods last week idled its Columbus Junction pork plant.

Sioux Falls pork plant will stay closed for at least two weeks
CNN Business: One of the country’s largest pork processing facilities is closing until further notice as employees fall ill with COVID-19. The closure puts the country’s meat supply at risk, said the CEO of Smithfield, which operates the plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said during a Saturday news briefing that Smithfield employees accounted for more than half of the active coronavirus cases in the state. About 240 employees are sick, she said, out of roughly 430 active cases in the state. Because of that, she and the mayor of Sioux Falls recommended that Smithfield suspend operations for at least two weeks.

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