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· Tyson plant roadside memorial honors 3 Tri-Cities workers who died of COVID-19
· Tyson Foods warns of ‘limited supply’ as plants across the nation continue to close for cleaning
Tyson plant roadside memorial honors 3 Tri-Cities workers who died of COVID-19
By Cameron Probert, Tri-City Herald (WA)
May 15, 2020
Pasco, WA | Three beef plant workers who died of COVID-19 were remembered at a memorial vigil south of the Tri-Cities on Friday.
Co-workers and union officials parked at the driveway entrance to the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at noon and waived at workers who were coming and going to work.
The deaths of Guadalupe Olivera, Bernardo Torralba and Jorge Guijarro-Castaneda are linked to a coronavirus outbreak at the Wallula slaughterhouse and processing center.
Local health officials say at least 260 workers living in four counties and two states have tested positive for the disease. That does not include relatives and friends who also were sickened.
The majority of the plant’s 1,400 employees live in the Tri-Cities area. They produce enough beef in one day to feed 4 million people.
Victoria Ruddy, the Pacific Northwest regional director for United Farm Workers...
Tyson Foods warns of ‘limited supply’ as plants across the nation continue to close for cleaning
By Kristin F. Dalton, Staten Island Advance (NY)
May 15, 2020
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Absent workers and new policies and procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic are responsible for meat shortages in grocery stores across the nation.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Staten Islanders have reported empty meat coolers at supermarkets and smaller delicatessens across the borough.
More recently, residents have reported increased prices on the items that are still available.
This week Tyson Foods warned consumers there will be a “limited supply” of its products due to plant closures across the country.
“We have and expect to continue to face slowdowns and temporary idling of production facilities from team member shortages or choices we make to ensure operational safety,” Tyson Foods said in a statement.
“We will not hesitate to idle an plant for deep cleaning when the need arises,” Noel White, CEO of Tyson Foods, said.
Since May 1, Tyson has resumed limited operations at many of its plants across the nation that were previously shuttered for deep cleaning and employee testing.
Jake Peltz, general council and senior vice president of government relations at the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, told the Advance that shortages are dependent on...