Tyson Foods chairman warns ‘food supply chain is breaking’

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A Tyson Fresh Meats plant stands in Waterloo, Iowa, date not known. On Friday, April 17, 2020, more than a dozen Iowa elected officials asked Tyson to close the pork processing plant because of the spread of the coronavirus among its workforce of nearly 3,000 people. (Jeff Reinitz/The Courier via AP)

TAMPA (NBC) – A frightening warning from one of the nation’s top meat companies about the food supply chain in the U.S.

This was already a major concern on many consumers’ minds, now those concerns may soon turn into reality.

“The food supply chain is breaking,” John Tyson wrote in a full-page advertisement published Sunday in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

“There will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed,” he wrote in the advertisement, which was also published as a blog post on the company’s website.

It comes after Tyson closed a massive pork processing plant in Iowa, where more than two dozen employees tested positive.

NBC News talked to one Tyson worker at that Iowa plant, who concealed their identity.

“They didn’t have enough material mask and things like that, to provide to us so they would start giving us different types of rags and stuff that they had washed and cleaned,” the employee said.

Tyson responding telling NBC News: “We’ve been working diligently to protect our team members – early on we allowed workers to bring their own masks and we even supplied some until we could secure surgical-style coverings which we now require all team members to wear. – adding: “We aren’t aware of any ambulance visits to the plant for COVID-19 related reasons.”

NBC News has not been able to independently confirm the presence of ambulances at the Tyson plants.

Tyson’s waterloo plant – one of several closed acoss the country…

Shut down by beef, pork, and poultry companies – trying to contain virus outbreaks.

The CEO of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association says fears things are only going to get worse.

“If we start to see panic buying much like we did during the first two weeks of this pandemic, then yes, we’re going to have an issue on our hands, there’s no doubt about it,” Colin Woodall said.

Meat processors say that they do have beef, chicken and pork in their freezers, but the longer that the meat processing plants are closed, the faster the nation’s meat supply will dwindle.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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