The fragility of the nation’s meat supply chain is being exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, creating challenges for the industry to get food on American tables.
Here are five factors to watch in the meat supply chain crisis.
Many meat plants are closed:
A number of meat plants have had to close because workers have come down with the coronavirus.
People working in meat plants work in close quarters, making the virus easy to spread.
Calls for more worker protections:
Companies are facing new calls to protect workers given a serious of outbreaks across the country.
Protections for workers are likely to be critical, and plants may be slower to open as they seek to put them in place.
Tyson Foods said its facilities has been screening workers’ temperatures, requiring protective face coverings, conducting additional cleaning and sanitizing and implementing social distancing measures. The company also warned on Monday that more closures are expected and that it predicts “slowdowns” due to “team member shortages.”