I am updating this because I just realized that the company is China owned.
NONE of the MSM reports that they are Chinese owned. Why? Are the MSM purposely leaving that out? If so, then they are working FOR CHINA. And if they are in part or in any way HELPING China during this Covid-19 virus PANDEMIC, then are they not providing Aid and Support to the enemy by spreading disinformation and propaganda. This is DANGEROUS when we are under ATTACK!!!!
I’m not sure I would call this a food supply disruption. It’s a food packing plant yes, but it’s not the only food source. Thank god. This is why CAPITALISM works. Centralized anything is ALWAYS bad on many different levels. From the notion that having many competitors make prices go down and the fact that there are many distributors, the possibility that the food supply would ever be stricken by an attack or even if it was, it would not be a major crisis for the country.
Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely, warns of meat shortages during pandemic
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Smithfield 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.
Slaughterhouse shutdowns are disrupting the U.S. food supply chain, crimping availability of meat at retail stores and leaving farmers without outlets for their livestock.
Smithfield extended the closure of its Sioux Falls, South Dakota, plant after initially saying it would idle temporarily for cleaning. The facility is one of the nation’s largest pork processing facilities, representing 4% to 5% of U.S. pork production, according to the company.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said on Saturday that 238 Smithfield employees had active cases of the new coronavirus, accounting for 55% of the state’s total. Noem and the mayor of Sioux Falls had recommended the company shut the plant, which has about 3,700 workers, for at least two weeks.
“It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running,” Smithfield Chief Executive Ken Sullivan said in a statement on Sunday. “These facility closures will also have severe, perhaps disastrous, repercussions for many in the supply chain, first and foremost our nation’s livestock farmers.”
Smithfield said it will resume operations in Sioux Falls after further direction from local, state and federal officials. The company will pay employees for the next two weeks, according to the statement.
The company has been running its plants to supply U.S. consumers during the outbreak, Sullivan said.
“We have a stark choice as a nation: we are either going to produce food or not, even in the face of COVID-19,” he said.
Other major U.S. meat and poultry processors, including Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N), Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] and JBS USA [JBS.UL] have already idled plants in other states.
Reporting by Tom Polansek; Editing by Tom Brown