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April 07, 2020 - Reuters

Three meat plants shut in Iowa and Pennsylvania as coronavirus outbreak spreads

Three meat plants shut in Iowa and Pennsylvania as coronavirus outbreak spreads
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Tyson Foods Inc shut a hog slaughterhouse in Columbus Junction, Iowa, for the week after more than 24 cases of COVID-19 involving employees at the facility, according to a statement. The company said it would divert hogs to other pork plants in an attempt to minimize the disruption from the closure.

The facility kills about 10,100 pigs a day, or about 2% of the country’s total slaughtering capacity, said Steve Meyer, economist for U.S. commodity firm Kerns and Associates.

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