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· Senators urge USDA enforcement of federal safety guidelines at meat plants
· Regulators sat on complaint as outbreak at Iowa pork plant grew
Senators urge USDA enforcement of federal safety guidelines at meat plants
By Julie Harker, Brownfield
May 18, 2020
A group of U.S. Senate Democrats is urging Ag Secretary Perdue to have USDA institute a plan for monitoring and enforcing CDC and OSHA guidance to ensure workers are safe as meat plants reopen.
The senators say they recognize the importance of keeping plants running but the president’s executive order has put pressure on plants to reopen and that USDA is not taking measures to make sure plants are operating consistent with federal safety guidance.
Their letter cites a recent USDA briefing with Senate Ag Committee staff in which USDA officials could not confirm if the plants that reopened since the Executive order have done so in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidance...
Regulators sat on complaint as outbreak at Iowa pork plant grew
via KETV Omaha (NE) - May 18, 2020
PERRY, Iowa — Regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant after receiving a complaint alleging insufficient efforts were being made to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
One state senator says that decision failed workers and allowed an outbreak to grow. An April 11 complaint to the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration says employees at the Tyson Foods plant in Perry, Iowa, worked “elbow to elbow” and that social distancing was near impossible.
Records show Iowa OSHA waited nine days before contacting Tyson, which took eight days to respond. The agency...