Tyson Fowls Up Pork Ops
(FinancialHealth.net) – COVID-19 is causing all sorts of problems in the US. One issue is with the food supply chain, specifically meat processing plants. Now, Tyson Foods is sounding alarms while workers cry foul.
The company recently purchased full-page ads in the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to warn Americans about the danger to the supply chain.
Full page ad in the NYT from Tyson Foods warning of a coming disruption in food supply chain due to coronavirus outbreaks in e.g. processing plants. pic.twitter.com/iQ7zH12YJ6
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In the ad, John Tyson, chairman of the company’s board, said “millions of pounds of meat will disappear” if processing plants have to close. He went on to paint a dire picture where farmers are forced to kill pigs, cows and chickens that were bred for the slaughterhouses.
The chairman blamed the problem, in part, on “worker absenteeism.” CNN reports that employees of the company’s plants have complained of unsafe working conditions. At least eight people who worked for Tyson have died and over 1,180 have tested positive for COVID-19.
The meat packing industry is being hit hard by the virus, and it isn’t just Tyson. Smithfield is closing plants, as well. This could cause a food shortage, and that’s why companies need to figure out how to keep everybody safe. Full-size ads are great, but Mr. Tyson and his board need to implement measures now to mitigate the risk for essential employees.
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