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·         Protesters Demand Poultry Plant Closures As Tyson Releases COVID-19 Testing Results

·         Spike in southwest Missouri COVID-19 cases follows 'large-scale' testing at Tyson plant

·         Nearly 95 percent of Tyson Foods employees with COVID-19 were asymptomatic, company says

·         Hundreds test positive at Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas

·         China Suspends Poultry Imports From Tyson Foods Plant In Arkansas

·         Why Did China Ban Imports From Just One Tyson Poultry Plant?

·         US meat industry puzzled by China's import ban for 1 plant

 

 

Protesters Demand Poultry Plant Closures As Tyson Releases COVID-19 Testing Results

 

By Zuzanna Sitek, KUAF/NPR

Jun 22, 2020

 

The day after Tyson Foods released the results of its facility-wide COVID-19 testing initiative, protesters with Venceremos marched through downtown Springdale to demand that Governor Asa Hutchinson briefly shutdown Northwest Arkansas's poultry plants to allow workers to quarantine.

 

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https://www.kuaf.com/post/protesters-demand-poultry-plant-closures-tyson-releases-covid-19-testing-results#stream/0

 

 

Spike in southwest Missouri COVID-19 cases follows 'large-scale' testing at Tyson plant

 

Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader (MO)

June 22, 2020

 

Missouri is coming off a record weekend for new confirmed cases of COVID-19, in large part because of a surge of positive results out of the state's southwestern corner.

 

McDonald County, which borders Arkansas and Oklahoma, reported 196 new cases on Sunday morning. And the sparsely populated county was sitting at 473 cases by the end of the weekend, according to the health department's Facebook page.

 

That's more than double the number of confirmed cases in Greene County, which has 12 times the population of McDonald County.

 

It's likely no coincidence that the surge in McDonald County COVID-19 cases comes as Tyson Foods announced "large-scale" testing at its chicken plant in Noel. Tyson has not said publicly how many of its Noel employees are among the county's positive tests.

 

A company spokesperson told the News-Leader on Monday that Tyson was teaming with Matrix Medical to conduct the widespread COVID-19 testing at its Noel facility and would disclose the verified results "once complete data is available." It's unclear when that might be.

 

McDonald County Public Health Administrator Paige Behm told The Kansas City Star on Sunday that the 400-plus positive results in the county were a mix of Tyson employees and others in the community.

 

A representative from the health department said Monday morning that Behm could not come to the phone because she was busy helping with drive-through COVID-19 testing.

 

The health department posted a message on Facebook asking people to avoid gatherings and to wear masks in public, but there are no formal regulations in place related to social distancing...

 

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https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/2020/06/22/missouri-covid-19-case-tyson-plant-noel-mcdonald-county-coronavirus/3235301001/

 

Nearly 95 percent of Tyson Foods employees with COVID-19 were asymptomatic, company says

 

by KATV (AR)

June 19th 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the results of coronavirus testing at its facilities in Benton and Washington Counties on Friday, according to KATV content partner 40/29 News.

 

Of the 3,748 team members tested, 481 tested positive for COVID-19, and 455 were asymptomatic.

 

A Tyson spokesperson said the company is pursuing community outreach efforts to educate team members on the risks of COVID-19, and how to stay healthy at work and at home.

 

The list of testing results by facility:

 

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https://katv.com/news/local/nearly-95-percent-of-tyson-foods-employees-with-covid-19-were-asymptomatic-company-says

 

 

Hundreds test positive at Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas

Tyson Foods is looking into reports that China’s customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson facility in the United States after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees

 

By Tamara Lush, Associated Press

via ABC News - June 21, 2020

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tyson Foods is looking into reports that China's customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson facility in the United States after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees.

 

A Tyson spokesman said Sunday that the plant in question is in Springdale, Arkansas.

 

 “At Tyson, we’re confident our products are safe and we’re hopeful consultations between the U.S. and Chinese governments will resolve this matter," wrote spokesman Gary Mickelson in an email to The Associated Press.

 

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure that we produce all of our food in full compliance with government safety requirements," the statement added.

 

Mickelson also noted that all global and U.S. health organizations, in addition to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, agree that there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.

 

The announcement out of China on Sunday gave no details of the quantity of meat affected.

 

On Friday, Tyson Foods announced...

 

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https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/hundreds-test-positive-tyson-foods-plant-arkansas-71373132

 

 

China Suspends Poultry Imports From Tyson Foods Plant In Arkansas

 

Jason Slotkin, NPR

June 21, 2020

 

China is halting the import of poultry from a Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas following an outbreak of coronavirus cases at the facility.

 

The nation's General Administration of Customs office made the announcement on Sunday, saying shipments from the plant would be temporarily suspended, while products that have already arrived will be seized.

 

Tyson Foods confirmed to NPR that the announcement pertains to its Berry Street facility in Springdale, Ark., where 227 workers tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. All but four of them were asymptomatic, according to Tyson.

 

The company said that tests of its facilities in northwest Arkansas showed that 481 employees, or 13% of 3,748 employees, had tested positive. The company said 455 of those employees (95%) were asymptomatic.

 

In a statement, Tyson Foods said it was investigating reports of the suspension.

 

"At Tyson, our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we work closely with the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to ensure that we produce all of our food in full compliance with government safety requirements," the company said…

 

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https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/21/881408578/china-suspends-poultry-imports-from-tyson-foods-plant-in-arkansas

 

 

Why Did China Ban Imports From Just One Tyson Poultry Plant?

 

By Josh Funk, Associated Press

via TIME - June 23, 2020 

 

(OMAHA, Neb.) — China’s decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods poultry plant where there was a coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the implications on the U.S. meat industry if the action is expanded to other plants.

 

Chinese customs officials didn’t hint about expanding the ban in a short statement it issued about suspending imports from the plant in Springdale, Arkansas. The country imposed a similar ban last week on pork imports from a German plant where a number of workers tested positive for COVID-19, but it hasn’t taken action against other U.S. beef, pork and poultry plants that have seen outbreaks among workers.

 

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said he hopes the move won’t hurt the overall relationship with China, which had been improving after a new trade deal was signed early this year.

 

“Hopefully it’s not going to mean anything,” Sumner said. “If it remains at just one plant, it will not have any meaningful impact, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

 

A U.S. Agriculture Department spokesman said Monday that there is no evidence of the virus being transmitted by food or food packaging.

 

“This action by the Chinese is completely unjustified,” National Chicken Council spokesman Tom Super said.

 

Sumner said the time it takes for meat produced in the United States to reach China would make it especially difficult for any virus to survive.

 

“It’s not transmissible in meat,” he said. “Plus, that product is frozen and spends 30 days in a container en route to China. So there is zero possibility of a live virus from the US showing up in frozen poultry as it has been shipped by ocean carrier halfway around the world.”

 

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company remains confident that its products are safe, and it hopes the issue can be resolved in trade talks between the two countries.

 

Last week, Tyson announced...

 

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https://time.com/5857757/us-meat-tyson-foods-china-import-ban/

 

 

US meat industry puzzled by China's import ban for 1 plant

 

By Josh Funk, Associated Press

via Dayton 24/7 (OH) - June 23rd 2020

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods poultry plant where there was a coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the implications on the U.S. meat industry if the action is expanded to other plants.

 

Chinese customs officials didn't hint about expanding the ban in a short statement it issued about suspending imports from the plant in Springdale, Arkansas. The country imposed a similar ban last week on pork imports from a German plant where a number of workers tested positive for COVID-19, but it hasn't taken action against other U.S. beef, pork and poultry plants that have seen outbreaks among workers.

 

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, said he hopes the move won't hurt the overall relationship with China, which had been improving after a new trade deal was signed early this year.

 

A U.S. Agriculture Department spokesman said Monday that there is no evidence of the virus being transmitted by food or food packaging.

 

"This action by the Chinese is completely unjustified," National Chicken Council spokesman Tom Super said.

 

Sumner said the time it takes for meat produced in the United States to reach China would make it especially difficult for any virus to survive.

 

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company remains confident that its products are safe, and it hopes the issue can be resolved in trade talks between the two countries.

 

Last week, Tyson announced...

 

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