The judge said that while he took workers’ concern for their safety seriously, the court couldn’t ignore the authority of OSHA and USDA over coronavirus guidance, or steps Smithfield took to reduce risk of outbreak.
Discouraging news continues for pork producers as temporary closures of packing plants and rising absenteeism due to COVID-19 exacerbates an existing harvest capacity challenge. Here’s the latest from across the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report recommending Smithfield Foods make changes at its Sioux Falls, S.D., pork processing plant, which has been shut down since April 12 due to COVID-19.
Meatpacking facilities have resumed operations this week following the President's Executive Order directing facilities to implement CDC and OSHA guidelines created for the meat sector response to COVID-19.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance on critical industry workforce that should continue as the country addresses and responds to the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. food and agriculture was included.