America’s meat crisis laid bare as shelves sit empty across the country after processing plants were forced to shut due to coronavirus with 900 workers testing positive at a single facility

Friday, May 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

Gaps have continued appearing on meat shelves in stores across America as coroanvirus broke supply chains
Two dozen meat processing plants have closed while others have reduced capacity after workers got sick
Crisis will get worse, is not expected to peak until the end of May, and will likely continue for months after
20 workers have died and 5,000 have been taken to hospital due to the virus, with 900 cases at one plant

By CHRIS PLEASANCE
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 May 2020

America’s mounting meat crisis has been laid bare in pictures showing empty store shelves across the country after processing plants were forced to slow production or close amid outbreaks of coronavirus.

Two dozen meat processing plants across America have been forced to close at some point in the last two months while many others have been forced to slow output after workers got sick, according to union bosses.

Shortages of poultry, beef and pork have continued despite stores limiting how many products each person can buy in order to prevent hoarding which has exacerbated the problem.

The crisis is also set to get worse despite Donald Trump using the Defense Production Act to force plants to stay open and will not peak until the end of this month, unions have warned, with shortages likely to continue even for months after that.

So far around 20 workers have died and another 5,000 have been taken to the hospital due to coronavirus as cramped working conditions with employees often standing shoulder-to-shoulder on production lines has caused coronavirus to run rampant.

Nearly 900 workers at a single Tyson facility in Logansport, Indiana, have tested positive for the virus while cases at another JBS facility in Colorado doubled from 120 to 245 in just three days after it reopened this week following a two-week shutdown.

President Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to declare meat processing plants essential businesses in an attempt to keep products on the shelves.

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