Coronavirus causes America’s largest pork processor to close 2 more plants
Smithfield Foods is shutting down two plants in the Midwest after more than 500 workers tested positive for coronavirus. FOX Business’ Cheryl Casone with more.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday will inspect a closed Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota that's turned into a coronavirus hot spot, one day after the company announced it's shuttering two more plants.
Smithfield will temporarily close its Cudahy, Wisconsin plant for two weeks. The company will also temporarily shutter its Martin City, Missouri facility — which employs more than 400 people – because it needs the raw materials from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota plant to operate.
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"Without plants like Sioux Falls running, other further processing facilities like Martin City cannot function," Smithfield CEO Ken Sullivan said in a statement. "This is why our government has named food and agriculture critical infrastructure sectors and called on us to maintain operations and normal work schedules."
Sullivan said Smithfield plants are following CDC guidelines "like the use of thermal scanning, personal protective equipment and physical barriers," plus offering workers paid sick leave.