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September 13, 2020 - Eat This Not That

USA: This Major Meat Supplier Was Just Fined For COVID-19 Outbreaks

USA: This Major Meat Supplier Was Just Fined For COVID-19 Outbreaks
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After the coronavirus pandemic began, several large food suppliers saw outbreaks in their facilities. Tyson Foods had to shut down multiple plants but ultimately 10,000 employees tested positive. Cargill, JBS USA, Hormel Foods Corp., and Prestage Foods are some of the other companies that had employees get sick.

But the U.S. government is taking action against Smithfield Foods for its improper safety measures at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota plant that eventually led to infections and four deaths at one plant. The meat company has been issued a citation and must pay a $13,494 fine, which they say they will contest.

It was issued after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found several safety hazards at the meatpacking plant beginning in March. Social distancing was not followed, and there were no barriers or face coverings used, according to the Associated Press.

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