“The meals provide chain is breaking,” wrote board chairman John Tyson in a full-page commercial printed Sunday in The New York Occasions, Washington Submit and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
US farmers haven’t got anyplace to promote their livestock, he mentioned, including that “tens of millions of animals — chickens, pigs and cattle — might be depopulated due to the closure of our processing services.”
“There might be restricted provide of our merchandise out there in grocery shops till we’re in a position to reopen our services which are presently closed,” Tyson wrote.
The Waterloo plant closure got here after weeks of public strain. Manufacturing had already slowed there as a result of a lot of its 2,800 staff had been calling out sick, and native well being authorities linked the Tyson plant to 182 instances — almost half of the county’s complete.
Requested by CNN about these claims, Tyson Meals mentioned that crops had been sanitized each day. And Tyson, the chairman, wrote in Sunday’s commercial that the corporate has taken steps to guard its staff, together with taking their temperatures and requiring face masks in all of its services. He added that the corporate is paying out bonuses to frontline staff and truckers, in addition to donating meals in native communities.
Among the nation’s largest abattoirs (processing crops or slaughterhouses) have been compelled to stop operations briefly after 1000’s of workers throughout the nation have examined optimistic for the virus.
— Dianne Gallagher, Pamela Kirkland and Chauncey Alcorn contributed to this report.