The Coronavirus outbreak may cause a bacon shortage — Tyson Foods announced that they are closing their largest pork production plant based in Waterloo, Iowa due to a Coronavirus outbreak. The company said that the indefinite closure would cause yet another disruption in the American meat supply.
The Waterloo plant processes close to 20,000 hogs per day which is roughly 4% of the US pork production capacity. Tyson says that they had over 180 Covid-19 infections and plans to test their 2800 Waterloo employees.
“Despite our continued efforts to keep our people safe while fulfilling our critical role of feeding American families, the combination of worker absenteeism, COVID-19 cases and community concerns has resulted in our decision to stop production,” Tyson Fresh Meats President Steve Stouffer said in a statement.
Stouffer also warned that the closure of this plant would have “significant ramifications beyond our company”. We have seen many cases of dairy farmers dumping their excess milk. There have also been reports of farmers all over the country having to destroy their crop due to lack of demand.
Tyson Foods closing this plant could lead to hog farmers having to euthanize their hogs. Truck drivers may see deliveries cancelled and grocers may not get the meat they need to meet demand of their consumers.
You may want to stock up on your bacon and other pork products.