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·         Tyson to close South Carolina pork facility 

·         Tyson says 371 test positive for COVID-19 at facility in southwest Missouri

·         Tyson releases results of Noel testing

·         Tyson, Fresh Market Avoid ‘Prime’ Pork False Ad Suit



Tyson to close South Carolina pork facility


By Andy Coyne, Just-Food

24 June 2020


US meat giant Tyson Foods has confirmed it is to permanently close a pork plant in Columbia, South Carolina.


Some 150 employees are impacted by the decision.


The company, which has faced a number temporary closures due to Covid-19 outbreaks among its workforce, said the decision is nothing to do with the virus.


A Tyson spokesperson said: "After much consideration and as part of ongoing efforts to increase efficiency in our business, we plan to discontinue operations at our Columbia, South Carolina plant in mid-August. We've made this very difficult decision in order to continue focusing on and investing in strategic growth priorities.


"We intend to cooperate...





Tyson says 371 test positive for COVID-19 at facility in southwest Missouri


Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader (MO) 

June 26, 2020


Tyson Foods announced Friday that 371 employees at its chicken plant in Noel had tested positive for COVID-19.


Friday's announcement confirms suspicions that the large spike in McDonald County's reported COVID-19 numbers starting this past weekend was the result of large-scale testing at the chicken plant.


In a news release, Tyson said it tested 1,142 employees from June 17 to June 19, and 291 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 291, Tyson said 249 (85 percent) were asymptomatic.


Tyson said that an additional 80 Noel employees tested positive for COVID-19 in separate tests that were performed by their healthcare providers or the Department of Health and Senior Services.


The news release says the employees who tested positive for COVID-19 will receive paid leave during the quarantine period and can only return to work once they have met the criteria established by Tyson and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Tyson officials said in the news release they hope their large-scale testing and the discovery of these asymptomatic positive cases will help slow community spread of the virus.


Tyson said it...





Tyson releases results of Noel testing

Nearly one-third of employees test positive for COVID-19


By Andy Ostmeyer, Joplin Globe (MO)

Jun 26, 2020


NOEL, Mo. — Tyson Foods on Friday said 371 workers at its poultry processing plant in Noel have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 1,142 employees who were tested either by the company or by health care officials. That is 32.4%.


The company said that 291 of those workers were tested at the plant June 17-19, and that 249 of them — more than 85% — did not show any symptoms and would not otherwise have been identified.


There were another 80 positive cases identified by either the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services or by the employees' own health care providers.


“Our team members do essential work, and their health and safety come first,” Nathan McKay, complex manager for Tyson in Noel, said in a statement. “It is our job to protect our team members, and by disclosing our results, we not only take the necessary precautions for our facility, but also provide the wider Noel community with the information it needs to stop the spread of the virus.”


Noel is one of more than 40 Tyson locations around the country where the company has implemented a program of prevention and testing to help contain the risk of community spread.


McDonald County has been a hotspot recently for the virus, with more than 600 cases reported as of Thursday.


Tyson officials also said they had no update when asked about plans to test at Monett, where the company has another poultry processing plant. Last week the company said it was "prioritizing plants in communities with a higher prevalence of COVID-19," and that it was not aware of any large outbreak at that plant.


Lawrence County officials on Thursday said they had a total of 27 cases; Barry County had reported 38 cases.


Many beef, pork and poultry processing plants around the country operated by Tyson and other meat processing companies have been hit hard by COVID-19 cases.


Last week, Tyson announced...





Tyson, Fresh Market Avoid ‘Prime’ Pork False Ad Suit


    Allegedly gave false impression pork was USDA-graded like beef

    Reasonable consumers wouldn’t be fooled by marketing


Julie Steinberg, Bloomberg Law

June 29, 2020


Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. and Fresh Market Inc. won a Florida federal court’s dismissal of a would-be class suit alleging they deceptively portrayed their “Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork” as certified “prime” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Fred M. Davis and others alleged Fresh Market, a high-end grocery chain, partnered with Tyson in 2019 to sell the prime pork products. Their suit alleged the companies’ marketing materials compared their pork products to beef products that were certified “prime,” the highest grade for beef, by the USDA.


Because the USDA doesn’t certify pork, the ads created a false impression that the...


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