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World's biggest pork processor, Smithfield says not all plant workers can be socially distanced
BEIJING (Reuters): China's customs authority said on Sunday (June 21) it had suspended imports of poultry products from a plant owned by US-based meat processor Tyson Inc that has been hit by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) infections.
CHICAGO: With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant sows, one by one, that would cause them to abort their baby pigs.
CHICAGO: Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest pork processor, said on Sunday it will shut a U.S. plant indefinitely due to a rash of coronavirus cases among employees and warned the country was moving "perilously close to the edge" in supplies for grocers.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is not planning for the moment to use troops to help combat a spreading coronavirus outbreak, although the option remains on the table, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday.
(Reuters) - As powerful Hurricane Florence crept closer to the southeastern United States on Tuesday, farmers in North Carolina rushed to harvest corn and tobacco and stock up on pig rations, while the danger of deadly flooding threatened a state where millions of farm animals are housed.
BEIJING: A slaughterhouse that belongs to the country’s largest pork processor was ordered to shut down following an outbreak of deadly African swine fever – the second outbreak in the country within two weeks.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has ordered the world's top pork producer, WH Group Ltd <0288.HK>, to shut a major slaughterhouse as authorities race to stop the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF) after a second outbreak in the planet's biggest hog herd in two weeks.
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Before the U.S.-China trade war, American pig processors exported nine out of every 10 pigs' feet and heads they shipped overseas to China and Hong Kong - for prices higher than they would fetch anywhere else.