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· JBS worker dies, his family says, of COVID-19
· Greeley-based JBS, Pilgrim’s Pride earmark $200M for COVID relief
· Brazil's JBS to take legal measures to reopen poultry plant in Santa Catarina
· JBS re-thinking supply route to China following Australia plants blow
JBS worker dies, his family says, of COVID-19
Thomas Nelson, Times-Republican (IA)
May 19, 2020
On Friday Jose Andrade-Garcia died, and his family says it was from COVID-19.
Garcia, 62, was a week away from retirement from JBS, a father of six children and grandfather to 11. His family is using a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral services.
“Anyone who had the honor to meet him would agree to say he touched the lives of those who surrounded him with his humbleness and love,” the GoFundMe page states. “We are all devastated by his loss and were not prepared for the high cost of a funeral service and medical expenses. We want to give our dad the memorial he deserves, to honor his memory and say our last goodbyes.”
The Iowa Department of Public Health has not added any additional deaths to Marshall County.
Joe Henry, president of LULAC’s Council 307 in Des Moines, has spoken out about Garcia’s death.
“We are very saddened by what happened to him,” Henry said. “This is another reason why we need mandatory testing at every meat packing facility.”
LULAC filed an Iowa Workforce Development OSHA complaint in April. The JBS complaint states that unsafe working conditions at the plant in Marshalltown exist in cutting, processing, break and dressing rooms. The complaint further states JBS employs 2,400 people in Marshalltown “who work shoulder to shoulder in most of the meat cutting and processing department rooms at the facility.”
The LULAC’s complaint cites...
Greeley-based JBS, Pilgrim’s Pride earmark $200M for COVID relief
No details yet on how much money will go to Greeley
By Dan Mika, BizWest/Reporter-Herald
via Loveland Reporter-Herald (CO) - May 14, 2020
Greeley-based JBS USA and sister company Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. say they will donate $200 million to coronavirus relief efforts in the cities where they operate meatpacking locations, but it’s not clear how much of that will go toward worker safety.
In a statement Wednesday, the two companies said at least $50 million of that money would be donated for hunger relief and broader community-development efforts in cities that have meatpacking facilities.
“We are not perfect, and this has not been an easy time for any of us, but we are working tirelessly to keep our team members safe and provide food for the country during this pandemic,” JBS USA CEO Andre Noguiera said. “We are all in this fight together.”
The $200 million is on top of $100 million that JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride have said they already spent in worker-safety measures and $50 million in bonuses to facility workers.
Any workers who are at particular risk of the effects of COVID-19 are staying at home with full pay and benefits, the companies said, which amounts to about 10% of its employee count.
However, it’s not clear how exactly JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride will use the money or how much of it will be seen in Greeley, where JBS maintains a large beef-production operation. JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride operate more than 50 locations across the U.S.
Nor could those funds placate union employees who have derided what they say are working conditions that contributed to the spread of the coronavirus through the Greeley plant’s 3,000 workers and led to its temporary shutdown in mid-April.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, the union at JBS’s locations in Greeley, has said seven of its members had died from coronavirus and more than 245 employees tested positive as of April 30.
JBS and union representatives did not respond to requests for additional comment Thursday...
Brazil's JBS to take legal measures to reopen poultry plant in Santa Catarina
Reporting by Ana Mano, Editing by Franklin Paul, Reuters
May 18, 2020
SAO PAULO, May 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA said on Monday that it will take legal measures to reverse an order from a regional labor authority to close one of its poultry plants in southern Brazil amid the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory disease.
The plant located in the town of Ipumirim in Santa Catarina state...
JBS re-thinking supply route to China following Australia plants blow
By Andy Coyne, Just-Food
19 May 2020
Brazilian meat giant JBS has said it is confident it will be able to maintain its China supply line despite having two plants in Australia struck off the favoured exporters' list.
Four Australian meat plants, including the JBS Beef City and JBS Dinmore facilities, have been banned from exporting meat to China by the Beijing regime.
They are said to have breached strict Chinese import regulations, although some observers believe they have become caught up in a spat between the two countries and specifically have fallen victim to China's anger at Australia's calls for an international inquiry into the origins of coronavirus
On a conference call with analysts to discuss JBS' first-quarter financial results, Andre Nogueira, the CEO of the company's US operations, was asked about the impact of the Chinese action on its meat supplies to China...