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President Trump orders meatpacking plants to remain open amid coronavirus

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order to ensure all meat processing plants remain open amid the coronavirus pandemic. The order invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) and deemed the processing plants as critical infrastructure. 

According to AP News, 20 meatpacking plants have temporarily closed due to pressure from local governments and employees, two among them being “the nation’s largest.”

Politico reports: “The 15 largest pork-packing plants account for 60% of all pork processed in the U.S., and the country has already seen a 25% reduction in pork slaughter capacity, according to UFCW.”

“Such closures threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure during the national emergency,” states Tuesday’s order. 

The plant closures, along with country-wide restaurant closures, have also caused a food waste issue. John Tyson, CEO of Tyson Foods, said, “In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue. Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation.

“The food supply chain is breaking,” he said.

Though the order was signed to combat the obvious food shortage the country is facing, many are critical of the order. Health officials have claimed that workers in these meatpacking plants are at high-risk for catching the coronavirus, as the workers cannot practice safe social distancing guidelines. Many argue that Trump needs to prioritize workers’ lives over meat distribution; however, the problem is not as clear-cut as critics make it seem. With a food shortage, the country faces other dire health concerns.

Fox News reports that the federal government will be supplying extra personal protective equipment (PPE) to plant employees to help mitigate risk. 

AP News also reports that “The administration is working with companies to help them secure protective equipment …  and ramp up testing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have issued extensive guidelines on steps companies and workers should take.”

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6 Comments

  1. insha April 29, 2020

    Is going hungry an option?

  2. BREN N TEXAS April 29, 2020

    AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

  3. Kenneth Martin April 29, 2020

    Oi am 100 percent behind President Trump in this order. We need to keep this economy moving and feed as many people as we can. Without food the people will begin to riot and many more will die not only from the virus but from being shot for looting. We need to get businesses back to work so people can survive. Let people decide what is best for them and their safety and families. I will VOTE for Trump Nov.

  4. Joan April 29, 2020

    Go to work!!! You have a country to feed. Wear your PPD. I always thought that meat processors utilized these anyway. May become a vegetarian after this . After all, many American companies have their meat processing plants in China.

  5. BSM April 29, 2020

    What are these foolish thinking state heads thinking ?? Don’t they realize they are driving our country into “THIRD WORLD STATUS”, by adding starvation or food shortages to our list of failures?? Our president has ways of protecting our workers who are responsible for getting the food out to the people !

    It made me so sick when I saw a documentary where farmers were told that if they did not comply, someone would come in and make sure they complied, if they had to come in and kill their cows, chickens, and pigs, themselves (the perpetrators of this madness ). Then I saw where tons of our beautiful vegetables were “ORDERED TO RUN OVER THEM AND BURY THE FRUITS OF THE FARMERS’ LABOR” ! DOMINATING OUR hard working farmers to destroy all this wonderful vegetation they had worked so hard to sow and grow, when they were plowing them under in a wide open field !!

    Do these people making these “Air-headed” decisions realize that if they do not get off their rears and produce, that they are aiding our country in becoming a third world nations, with not enough to eat for our people, and even starving many who are left here after the horrible pandemic?? The world and its’ people must go on. Giving these ridiculous orders to destroy tons of food, including meat products, and vegetables, which we will need in getting back up on our feet again in order to keep our country from going “belly up”!! This will also destroy many jobs, putting many our of business….further leading our country closer to world domination, taking away Americans freedoms, which the coms have already been working overtime trying to do. AMERICA, WAKE UP !! DO NOT ALLOW THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY ANY MORE OF YOUR FREEDOMS !! NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING !! I FELT LIKE CRYING WHEN A CHICKEN FARMER HAD TO KILL AN ENTIRE LARGE GROUP OF HIS CHICKS
    BECAUSE OF THIS RIDICULOUS HAIR BRAINED DECISION !! FOLKS USE YOUR HEADS AND START THINKING ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON !! YOUR COUNTRY WILL BE TOTALLY STOLEN FROM UNDERNEATH YOU IF YOU DO NOT WAKE UP AND PUT A FORCEFUL STOP TO THESE TYRANTS !! Wake up !!!!…..LEST YOU WAKE UP AND FIND YOURSELVES IN THE SAME POSITION AS COUNTRIES DID AFTER THE NAZI TAKE OVER OF THEIR COUNTRIES !! THEN YOU HAD BETTER RISE UP AND FIGHT BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO, IS DOMINATE YOU AND TAKE AWAY ALL YOUR OTHER MANY FREEDOMS !!

  6. Virginia Simon April 30, 2020

    You are so right. The Democrats are so sure they are going to win in November. This whole virus thing is a threat against Americans and of living free. We are getting a taste of Socialism which they are hoping to instill in America. They want us to be controlled by the government. We need to take a stand against the Democrats and their evil plans.

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