Created: June 05, 2020 11:17 AM
NewsChannel 13 is speaking directly with Tyson Foods, as the meat-packaging factory is seeing some new surges of coronavirus at some plants across the country.
Problems at the plants caused widespread concern about a meat shortage across the country, and a jump in meat prices.
NewsChannel 13 asked Tyson directly, what protocols did they have in place to handle infectious disease control at the plants? Was Tyson taken by surprise at how quickly the virus spread?
"At any point in time if we see communities spread going up or any kind of risk factors we will not hesitate to stop our line, to idle our facilities, and we have done that across a handful of our facilities,” Noelle O’Mara, group president of prepared foods at Tyson Foods said.
Tyson would not acknowledge to NewsChannel 13 exactly how many of its employees got sick with coronavirus. However, NBC News reports hundreds contracted the disease.
As for the supply issue, Tyson told NewsChannel 13 they are doing everything possible to ensure they have enough to meet the demand across the country.
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