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Ann Reus

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Letter to Trump: Ensure safety of meat plant workers

State attorneys general say the president must do more to protect workers in meat and poultry processing plants
Democratic attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia have urged President Donald Trump to do more to ensure the safety of meat and poultry processing plant workers.
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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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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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Essential critical workers

Homeland Security recognizes food, ag sectors as ‘essential’

Guidance document says food and agriculture workers should maintain normal work schedule
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance that includes the food and agriculture industries in its “essential critical infrastructure workforce” that should continue operations during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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