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Tyson idles operations at beef facility in Dakota City, US

30 April 2020

Tyson foods is temporarily pausing processing at a beef facility in Dakota City, Nebraska until 4 May to complete a deep cleaning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to reporting in Reuters, the plant, operated by Tyson Fresh Meats, plans to screen plant employees for coronavirus this week. The plant has scaled back production due to increased absenteeism over the past weeks.

The facility employs 4,300 people and is among the largest beef processing plants in the United States, producing enough beef in one day to feed 18 million people, according to Tyson.

Many of the largest slaughterhouses in the US have been shut down due to outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers, forcing farmers to cull livestock as they run out of space to house animals.

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