Almost 900 workers have tested positive with coronavirus at a beef factory with fears of meat shortages over the pandemic.
Tyson Foods pork plant in Indiana and Triumph Foods beef factory in Missouri are both affected with many staff member coming down with the virus.
Thus far 20 meat workers have died and 6,500 have fallen ill with the deadly virus, and nearly half of all employees at the Tyson Food plant in Indiana are infected.
This is causing a meat crisis across the USA as many plants have been forced to close along with slaughterhouses.
Despite thousands having tested positive in these factories, President Donald Trump took executive action this week and ordered meat processing plants to stay open to keep the nation’s food supply going.
John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, said this week that the food supply chain was “breaking” and warned of the potential for meat shortages.
Tyson said, “There will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed.
“In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue.
“Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation.”
Coronavirus cases at JBS beef plant in Colorado have more than doubled from 120 to 245 in just three days, after reopening.