The head of Tyson Foods issued a terrifying warning to Americans in the pages of Sunday’s New York Times, in which it claimed that America’s supply chain is now “breaking” due to the effects of Coronavirus lockdowns.
The company is warning that Americans will likely face meat, and potentially other, shortages as many meat processing plants are forced to shut down due to the chaos caused by the Coronavirus.
As Fox News reports:
In recent weeks, Tyson Foods has been forced to temporarily pause operations at a number of plants following outbreaks of COVID-19, or because of staffing shortages caused by the pandemic.
“In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue,” Tyson claimed. “Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking.”
Tyson said the company had adopted several new practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at its processing facilities, including new social distancing requirements, workstation dividers, deep cleanings, and temperature screenings (some performed by infrared “walkthrough” scanners), among other precautionary measures.
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Still, Tyson said the supply chain will remain “vulnerable” and confirmed a “limited supply of our products” until its own plants could reopen.