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Plant closures could impact meat supply chain this summer

Bottlenecks in the supply chain will have lasting effects on producers, retailers and consumers.
Temporary closures of meat processing plants due to COVID-19 could shrink retail and foodservice inventory nearly 30% by Memorial Day, driving up prices of pork and beef by 20%, says a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division.
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USDA outlines expectations for meat processors

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sends letters to governors, industry stakeholders regarding Trump executive order that keeps processing plants open
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue sent letters on May 5 to state governors and meat industry stakeholders to “establish expectations for the implementation” of President Donald Trump’s executive order directing meat processing facilities to stay open during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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COVID-19 guidelines every meat processing facility can use

Hazard mitigation framework principals help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Infectious disease and public health experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine have issued a set of best practices to keep meat processing facilities operational and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Seaboard Triumph Foods worker dies from COVID-19

2 other company facilities also experience outbreaks
An employee of Seaboard Triumph Foods in Sioux City, Iowa, has died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and there have been at least 11 positive tests from other workers at the facility, according to reports.
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2 British Columbia poultry plants idled

Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry and Superior Poultry Processors are ordered by Fraser Health Authority to temporarily halt operations at plants
Operations at two poultry plants in British Columbia, Canada, have temporarily ceased due to concerns over a high number of employee cases of COVID-19.
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Brazil is ready to cover meat deficit in the US

While the United States is facing a wave of meat processing plant closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies like JBS declare themselves ready to address the deficit.
At the time when the United States has a warning about a possible deficiency of animal protein due to the closure of more than 20 meat and poultry processing plants because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Brazilian companies have taken advantage of the situation to say they are ready to cover that demand.
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