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Tyson Foods Issues Dire Warning In Full-Page NYT Ad As Lockdowns Threaten US’s Food Supply

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Chris White on April 27, 2020

Tyson Foods rolled out a full-page advertisement Sunday in The Washington Post and The New York Times warning that the country’s food supply chain is “breaking” amid continued lockdowns aimed at slowing down the coronavirus pandemic.

The company’s board chairman John Tyson wrote in the ad that farmers will be left in the dust and “millions of animals — chickens, pigs and cattle” will be taken out of the market because of the closure of Tyson processing centers due to virus-related concerns. Tyson Foods closed plants in Logansport, Indiana, and Waterloo, Iowa, where at least 182 cases of the virus originated.

“There will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed,” Tyson added in the ad, which also appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “Meat will disappear.”

Officials say the coronavirus pandemic originated in Wuhan, China, before landing in the United States, where it has killed more than 55,000 people. Tyson Foods is not the only food processor feeling the heat. Smithfield Foods shut down a plant in South Dakota indefinitely after hundreds of employees were reportedly infected.

Smithfield CEO Ken Sullivan echoed much of Tyson’s warning.

“It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running,” Sullivan said in a statement on April 12. “These facility closures will also have severe, perhaps disastrous, repercussions for many in the supply chain, first and foremost our nation’s livestock farmers.”

Roughly 238 Smithfield employees had active cases of the virus, which makes up about 55% of South Dakota’s total, according to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Noem recommended the company shutter the plant, which has about 3,700 workers, for at least two weeks. Smithfield also closed a JBS facility in Worthington, Minnesota.

The Waterloo, Worthington and Sioux Falls plants make up roughly 15% of the country’s pork production.

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  1. TonyC April 27, 2020

    Let me correct the NYTrash Ad ,, because of Tyson’s Unsafe, Unclean, Filthy facility , we won’t be able to process the food you enjoy,,, done !!

  2. Anonymous April 27, 2020

    Tyson, well have not purchased anything from them in a few years.
    reason: Tyson elected to observes Ramadan vs Thanksgiving.
    check it out, it’s correct.

  3. Connie G April 27, 2020

    Smithfield is owned by China. It likely was the only infected location in South Dakota because Chinese employees work there…just as they (100,000 of them) live and work in the Lombardy region of Italy where China, the hardest hit area of Italy.
    My question to Smithfield and Tyson is HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO STERILIZE THE PLANTS AND HIRE PEOPLE WHO DID NOT GET SICK, HAVE NOT BEEN SICK, OR WERE SICK AND RECOVERED AND ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK? This sound like more game playing to hold out for another hand out from the U.S. taxpayers or an intentional “hurt the U.S. economy”.

  4. Connie G April 27, 2020

    China owns Smithfield…..who owns Tyson?

  5. Anonymous April 27, 2020

    Seems to me the worst polluter in the history of Arkansas is trying to get people to start hoarding meat to up his profits. Would not put anything past Tysonofa bitch.

  6. Bobbette C April 27, 2020

    Somalia’s at the Arkansas plant big community of Somalia’s on the border of Missouri and Arkansas brought here by Al Gore’s buddy Mr Tyson

  7. Dr. Robert Ryan April 27, 2020

    God bless all of you for the important work you do keeping Americans fed and providing farmers access to consumers!! Patience and we’ll be back shortly!!

  8. Mindy Robinson April 28, 2020

    If people knew what Tyson engaged in , the cruelty to the animals and disgusting lack of sanitation they would start turning to local farmers. Let’s be honest, tyson and those they buy from are corporations and I have seen the horror the animals endure before they are finally slaughtered. I’m not into torturing animals and despite the fact that I eat them, I make certain they had quality of life before they are killed for my consumption. Nothing excuses cruelty, nothing! If you are buying meat produced by these corp devils you are supporting the cruelty they engage in. Hope to see the backside of them.

  9. Anonymous April 28, 2020

    That means Nancy won’t be getting any more pork

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