Meat producers are warning of potential food shortages. Here’s what you need to know

Will the Smithfield Foods plant closure cause a nationwide pork shortage?

4/15/2020 4:37:00 AM

As several of the nation's largest meat processing plants have been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, meat producers are warning of potential shortages if the crisis continues to disrupt operations for an extended period of time.

Will the Smithfield Foods plant closure cause a nationwide pork shortage?

On Sunday,Smithfield Farms, one of the nation's largest pork producers, announced it was closing one of its meat processing plantsin South Dakota. But it wasn't just any plant. This particular plant in Sioux Falls is responsible for 4-5% of all U.S. pork production (according to figures provided by the company). It will be closed for at least two weeks.

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The closure comes after at least 300 of the facility's 3,700 employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Virginia-based company is owned by China's WH Group, which is the world's largest pork producer, supplying meat for brands like Smithfield and Nathan's Famous.

“The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply. It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running," Kenneth M. Sullivan, Smithfield's president and chief executive officer, said in a

"These facility closures will also have severe, perhaps disastrous, repercussions for many in the supply chain, first and foremost our nation’s livestock farmers."Downloadthe TODAY appfor the latest coverage on the coronavirus outbreak.Now, a primary concern for Sullivan and other meat processors is that many American pig farmers have nowhere to send their animals for processing and may face circumstances similar to that of

who, after seeing demand from shuttered restaurants plummet, are struggling to get their surplus to new markets.So should consumers be worried about an impending shortage of pork and other meats?An employee handles sides of pork on a conveyor belt at a Smithfield Foods Inc. pork processing facility. Smithfield Foods is one of the nation's largest suppliers of pork products, including chops and bacon.

Bloomberg via Getty Images"Prior to March, a large percentage of pork products were produced and sold to restaurants," Julie Niederhoff, associate professor of Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University, told TODAY."This left a fairly stocked pork supply chain where the the temporary closure of one plant isn't likely to impact consumers nearly as much as it impacts farmers."

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民以食为天。无食饥饿而死。Secure and protect and even highly develop the agriculture industry and food industry, and other aquaculture and animal husbandry, etc. Feeding humans.🙏🏻 TODAYshow ok everyone go clean the stores out of meat!!!! Why are food banks empty, while crops are throwing away their haul because they cant get rid of it fast enough since restaurants and other places are closed

potential is not a likelyhood Nothing like more panic. Thank you NBC. time to buy spam politeperson123 Lack of restaurants offset? Good time to be a VeganForLife. As long as they don’t start hoarding my Gardein meatballs we won’t have any issues. EatPlants hmmmm, dried beans are sounding good. Our cheeto in chief realDonaldTrump said our food supply was strong today

Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages during pandemicSmithfield Foods, the world's biggest pork processor, said on Sunday it will shut a U.S. plant indefinitely due to a rash of coronavirus cases among employees and warned the country was moving 'perilously close to the edge' in supplies for grocers. Dozens? 293 factory workers tested positive from them. That is a little more than 'dozens'. More than 1.7 million people infected globally by the pandemic | more than 100,000 deaths Latest updates | cases per million population👇 Corona Covid_19 I just read SmithfieldFoods is 100% owned by a Chinese company, the “WH Group” or “Shuanghui Group”.

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U.S. Meat Supply Is 'Perilously Close' To A Shortage, CEO WarnsA Smithfield Foods plant in South Dakota that produces 4% to 5% of the nation's pork supply has become the latest meat processing facility to shut down as COVID-19 sickens plant workers. Good. While people are at home, they can practice being vegetarian Happens to be owned by China and they send meat back and forth from there. I'm sure that's just a coincidence though. I look at it more as a meat holiday.

'Elbow to elbow:' North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobsAt a Wayne Farms chicken processing plant in Alabama, workers recently had to pay the company 10 cents a day to buy masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus, according to a meat inspector. In Colorado, nearly a third of the workers at a JBS USA beef plant stayed home amid safety concerns

'Elbow to elbow:' North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobsAccording to more than a dozen interviews with U.S and Canadian meat plant workers, union leaders and industry analysts, a lack of protective equipment and the nature of ‘elbow to elbow’ work are highlighting risks for employees and limiting output .Wish we would call them slaughterhouses as is proper, not the euphemistic meat processing/ meat packing 'plants'. Future gens will think these as barbaric as Chinese wet markets. kathleenparker billmaher How little these plants care about anything but profit. Tip: Use whatever meat/chicken you have on hand sparingly; it may be in short supply for a while. If these people have covid, is that meat safe to eat?

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