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Poultry processing plants under fire

Chicken and meat processing plants are being questioned again for COVID-19, driving the wedge of animal suffering, which has nothing to do with it.
It seems that there is always someone complicating matters. Now there are voices that want to describe meat processing plants or slaughterhouses as the pandemic epicenter.
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Sanderson considers plant repurposing as demands change

CEO says repurposing a poultry plant is challenging, though, because plants are located for the market they were built to serve
Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. acknowledged that the company was considering repurposing one of its poultry plants to meet consumer demand shift away from the foodservice sector to the retail sector.
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Top 10 turkey companies in the United States

Ten largest turkey producers produced almost 5.9 billion pounds in 2019
The ten largest turkey producers in the United States collectively slaughtered nearly 5.9 billion pounds of live turkeys in the United States in 2019, according to information gathered for the WATTAgNet Top Companies Database.
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VIDEO: COVID-19 impacting poultry producers' insurance policies

Understanding business interruption insurance, financial loss, changes to worker compensation policies and other risk management topics relating to insurance is critical as the industry works through COVID-19
Business interruption insurance, financial loss, changes to worker compensation policies and other risk management topics relating to poultry producer insurance are all among the important points poultry producers need to consider as the pandemic continues to disrupt poultry businesses.
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FAO: Meat plant workflows must change to protect laborers

Industry changes ‘will require some engineering and some thinking’
While the meat and poultry industry has taken a number of measures to protect its workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, more needs to be done, said Maximo Torero Cullen, assistant director-general and chief economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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100 days of COVID-19 in the poultry industry (and in life)

Although at the beginning of the year we could not imagine how things would be in May, poultry production has more or less continued producing.
Indeed, China sneezed and spread pneumonia to the rest of the world, something that hardly resembles the Mexican saying that "when the United States sneezes, Mexico gets the flu."
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Group wants USDA to warn consumers about COVID-19 on meat

Industry association calls the petition “irresponsible.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group of doctors that emphasizes plant-based nutrition, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to warn consumers that asymptomatic processing plant workers may spread COVID-19 to meat and poultry products.
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COVID-19: Plant-based, specialty product sales may drop

Many companies made big investments into the production of specialty products before COVID-19 hit the US, destroyed the economy and left customers with the need for comfort food.
A down economy and the need for comfort food may minimize the sales of plant-based meats and other specialty products.
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