(UnitedVoice.com) – Meat processing plants across the country are struggling to stay open as the number of COVID-19 cases is ever-growing. Thousands of workers are forced to work side by side, making it almost impossible to practice social distancing.
Industry leaders have been warning government officials of a potential breakdown in the US food supply as more plants like Tyson Foods, JBS ASA, and Smithfield Foods suspend operations across North America.
In an effort to keep these critical supply chains open, President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday. Under the Defense Production Act, meat processing plants were declared “critical infrastructure.”
The plants will receive the necessary funding to keep employees safe with protective gear, and also help solve some liability issues that come with processing meat under these conditions.
Meat processing plants produce millions of pounds of pork, chicken, and beef, steadily supplying grocery stores across the country. A disruption in the food chain supply could be disastrous for the United States, even if it’s only for a short period of time.
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