Tyson Foods restricts travel due to coronavirus concerns

Because of concerns about the global spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Tyson Foods has adopted a policy that restricts company travel.

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Because of concerns about the global spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Tyson Foods has adopted a policy that restricts company travel.

The new policy is outlined in a blog on the Tyson Foods website, written by Donnie King, president of international business for Tyson Foods. According to King, the company has “suspended all international travel from the U.S. and in some cases will ask team members who have recently traveled internationally to self-quarantine.”

King also explained that the company is also putting limits on team members scheduling or attending large, work-related trade shows or conferences.

“We’ve been closely monitoring this ever-evolving situation since January and formed a working group of leaders from the across the company that has been meeting on a regular basis. We’re committed to doing our part to limit the spread of this disease,” King wrote.

“Protecting our team members is extremely important. We’ve already taken steps to protect and educate them and are working to ensure the continuity of our business.”

Other measures

Following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tyson Foods is also taking the following measures:

  • Encouraging sick team members to stay home.
  • Separating and sending home team members who appear to have respiratory symptoms.
  • Promoting frequent handwashing, as well as sneezing etiquette.
  • Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces in the workplace.

The company has posted these recommendations and other information in its plants and offices and will continue to update our team members as this situation progresses.

Tyson Foods, headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, is the largest poultry company in the United States and the second largest poultry company in the world. The company already had a presence in China and India, but has since expanded its geographical reach with the 2018 acquisition of Keystone Foods and the 2019 acquisition of BRF’s assets in Europe and Thailand.

During a quarterly earnings call on February 6, Tyson Foods CEO Noel White said the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the company is not yet known, but he anticipated there would be “some impact” on the short-term.

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