Senators want answers on meat exports vs. domestic shortages

Legislative Watch: Probing into meat shortages; relief for small meat plants; China wants COVID-free import guarantee; trade agenda addressed.

 

P. Scott Shearer, National Hog Farmer

Jun 26, 2020

 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) are asking Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield to explain how they can ship record amounts of pork and other meats at the same time warning of potential meat shortages in the United States.

 

In a letter to the four companies, the Senators say, "your companies warned that the 'country [was] perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply' and that 'the food supply chain is breaking,' while publicly pressing federal, state and local officials to keep plants open. Your warnings of potential shortages prompted retailers to place limits on the amount of meat that customers could purchase."

 

They also say, "These actions raise questions about the circumstances of the president's executive order, your honesty with the American public about the reasons for higher food prices, and your commitment to providing a safe, affordable and abundant food supply for the nation."

 

The Senators are asking the companies to respond to a number of questions regarding their actions during the pandemic including how many tons of pork, beef and poultry they produced in the United States from March 1 through May 31, and how may tons of those items did they export to China during that time frame. Also, there are a number of questions concerning U.S. employees and COVID-19.

 

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