2020-04-14 14:55:44

Hundreds of Workers in Meat & Poultry Plants Test Positive for COVID-19

Democracy Now! looks at the spike in coronavirus infections at meatpacking plants. In just one case, Smithfield Foods shut down a plant responsible for 5% of U.S. pork production after more than 350 workers at the facility tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, deaths of slaughterhouse workers have been reported in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Colorado. Many poultry/meat processing facilities employ large numbers of immigrants, including undocumented workers.

DN also speaks with Wenonah Hauter, executive director and founder of Food & Water Watch, and with Magaly Licolli, executive director of Venceremos, an advocacy group for poultry plant workers, based in Springdale, Arkansas, home to Tyson Foods headquarters.

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