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Coronavirus Pandemic in U.S. Could Affect Meat Supply

Meat processing plants are in a crisis, with several major suppliers having announced temporary closures as a result of workers becoming ill with coronavirus.

So far, at least 20 meatpacking and food processing plants have been hindered by the pandemic that has caused the deaths of more than 65,000 people in this country, according to United Food and Commercial Workers International Union estimates.

The situation has gotten so severe that meat company executives such as those at the Smithfield processing plant based in Virginia warned that the situation has become so severe that the U.S. meat supply could be at risk.

Meanwhile, legal experts said President Donald Trump’s executive order declaring meatpacking plants are “critical” to keep open will do little on its own to stop the slide in meat production brought on by the spread of the coronavirus among meatpackers.

According to USA Today, by April 23, “more than 3,400 reported positive cases have been tied to meatpacking facilities across 62 plants in 23 states.”

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