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May 26, 2020 - newser

Illnesses at Meat Plants Continue to Rise

Illnesses at Meat Plants Continue to Rise
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Numbers increasing as more plants reopen across the country

The Washington Post and the New York Times have front-page stories Tuesday on the nation's meat plants, and both report that outbreaks among workers are continuing as more plants reopen. Exact numbers are hard to come by because the plants, deemed essential businesses, are not legally obligated to report them. But the Post reports that the number of employees with the coronavirus at Tyson Foods has risen from 1,600 to 7,000 over the last month. Tyson is the nation's biggest meat processor. In the same period, the number of cases at Tyson and two other industry giants, Smithfield Foods and JBS—has gone from 3,000 to 11,000. And industrywide, the figure has eclipsed 17,000, according to stats cited by the Times from the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

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