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Covid and Meat plants

It has been particularly disastrous time for COVID and meat plants. It was already a dangerous job that has gotten worse. The Trump administration allowed for greater line speeds under the excuse that there was an imminent meat shortage. The shortage didn’t materialize but more injuries sure did. This got meat plant workers right to the top of the most dangerous jobs list. But most people were focused on the lack or workers at restaurants and getting back to normal.

Early in the pandemic, cases emerged by the hundreds in food processing facilities. The outbreaks disrupted the country’s meat supply and led some of the hardest-hit plants to temporarily close. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 16,000 infections and 86 deaths tied to meat and poultry processing. But those numbers are almost certainly an undercount. Only 28 states provided data to the C.D.C., and many states and food processing companies have refused to provide case totals. Other large outbreaks have emerged on farms, in fruit or vegetable processing facilities and at plants where pet food is made.

Smithfield Foods pork processing facility1,098Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tyson Foods pork processing facility1,031Waterloo, Iowa
Tyson Foods pork processing facility900Logansport, Ind.
Tyson Foods beef processing facility786Dakota City, Neb.
JBS USA pork production facility741Worthington, Minn.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility730Perry, Iowa
Seaboard Foods pork processing facility654Guymon, Okla.
National Beef processing facility647Dodge City, Kan.
Cargill meat processing facility594Dodge City, Kan.
Tyson Foods pork processing facility591Storm Lake, Iowa
Tyson Foods meat processing facility570Wilkesboro, N.C.
Triumph Foods meat processing facility490St. Joseph, Mo.
Quality Pork Processors/Hormel pork processing facility455Austin, Minn.
National Beef processing facility450Liberal, Kan.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility371Noel, Mo.
Tyson Foods Berry Street poultry processing facility365Springdale, Ark.
Foster Farms poultry processing facility358Livingston, Calif.
JBS USA meat processing facility348Green Bay, Wis.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility326Sherman, Texas
Perdue Farms meat processing facility320Cromwell, Ky.
Indiana Packers Corporation pork processing facility301Delphi, Ind.
JBS USA meat processing facility295Greeley, Colo.
George’s Poultry processing facility290Springdale, Ark.
Dole vegetable packaging facility281Springfield, Ohio
George’s Inc. Ozark Mountain Poultry processing facility278Rogers, Ark.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility277Wallula, Wash.
Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility270Cold Spring, Minn.
Tyson Foods poultry processing facility –Elm Street267Rogers, Ark.
Long Prairie Packing Co. meat processing facility265Long Prairie, Minn.
JBS USA beef processing facility264Cactus, Texas
Tyson Foods poultry processing facility257Temperanceville, Va.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility255Cold Spring, Minn.
Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility255De Queen, Ark.
American Foods Group meat processing facility241Green Bay, Wis.
OK Foods poultry processing facility234Fort Smith, Ark.
JBS USA meat processing facility230Grand Island, Neb.
Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing facility226Live Oak, Fla.
Tyson Foods beef and pork processing facility224Council Bluffs, Iowa
Cargill poultry processing facility224Springdale, Ark.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility221Columbus Junction, Iowa
Tyson Foods poultry processing facility215Van Buren, Ark.
Tyson Foods poultry processing facility213Clarksville, Ark.
Tyson Foods pork processing facility212Madison, Neb.
Wayne Farms poultry processing facility198Danville, Ark.
Lamb Weston potato processing facility189Hermiston, Ore.
Central Valley Meat plant187Hanford, Calif.
Pacific Seafood187Newport, Ore.
ConAgra frozen food processing facility180Russellville, Ark.
Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing facility176Sioux City, Iowa
DemKota Ranch Beef processing facility170Aberdeen, S.D.
Butterball poultry processing facility156Huntsville, Ark.
Peco Foods poultry processing facility147Batesville, Ark.
Steven Roberts Original Desserts143Aurora, Colo.
Taylor Farms New England Plant food processing facility142North Kingstown, R.I.
Jennie-O turkey processing facility139Willmar, Minn.
West Liberty Foods meat processing facility136West Liberty, Iowa
Miller Poultry135Orland, Ind.
Firestone Pacific Foods fruit processing facility132Vancouver, Wash.
Comfrey Farms Prime Pork processing facility131Windom, Minn.
Jack Link’s beef jerky plant129Alpena, S.D.
Hormel’s Rochelle Foods processing facility123Rochelle, Ill.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility118Emporia, Kan.
Bottomley Evergreens and Farms112Sparta, N.C.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility111Center, Texas
Lincoln Premium Poultry110Fremont, Neb.
Cargill Meat Solutions processing facility109Fort Morgan, Colo.
Townsend Farms107Fairview, Ore.
Tyson Foods Olrich Street poultry processing facility105Rogers, Ark.
Fieldale Farms Cornelia poultry processing facility104Cornelia, Ga.
Dakota Provisions meat processing facility104Huron, S.D.
Tyson Foods meat processing facility102Robards, Ky.
Smithfield Foods meat processing plant101Crete, Neb.
Birds Eye Foods processing plant100Darien, Wis.


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