Tyson Foods, Inc. CEO Noel White announced on Friday that the food processing giant suspended operations at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa after more than two dozen employees at the facility tested positive for COVID-19.
Tyson Foods is diverting the livestock supply originally scheduled for delivery to Columbus Junction to some of its other pork plants in the region in an effort to minimize the impact on our overall production.
“We’re working hard to protect our team members during this ever-changing situation, while also ensuring we continue fulfilling our critical role of helping feed people across the country,” White stated in a press release.
“We’ve been taking the temperature of workers at all of our locations before they enter company facilities. We’re mostly using temporal thermometers but at a few locations we’re beginning to implement infrared temperature scanners.
White added that Tyson Foods’ meat and poultry plants are experiencing varying levels of production impact from the coronavirus pandemic due to the planned implementation of additional worker safety precautions and worker absenteeism.
“We’ve stepped up deep cleaning and sanitizing of our facilities, especially in employee breakrooms, locker rooms, and other areas, to protect our team members,” said White.
“This additional cleaning sometimes requires suspending at least one day of production.”