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Cargill shutters processing plant due to coronavirus

08 April 2020

Meat packing giant Cargill has shut a plant that serves grocery stores due to COVID-19.

According to reporting from Reuters, Cargill closed the plant until further notice, disrupting the US grocery supply chain as consumer demand surges due to the coronavirus.

In a statement issued on 7 April, the facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, produces meat for retail food customers. The products include beef mince, steaks, beef roasts and pork products that are sold in grocery stores across the United States.

"Our goal is to keep our 900 employees at this case-ready protein facility healthy and minimise risk within the Hazleton community, which has been greatly impacted by COVID-19," Cargill said.

"Our facility will re-open as soon as is it is safe to do so."

Privately held Cargill said it is working with customers, farmers and employees "to keep the food system running."

Other major meat companies including Tyson Foods Inc and JBS USA said on 6 April they shut three facilities that produce pork and beef in Iowa and Pennsylvania.

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