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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2006, file photo, a car passes in front of a Tyson Foods Inc., sign at Tyson headquarters in Springdale, Ark. China's decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods poultry plant because of concerns about a coronavirus outbreak there puzzled many in the meat industry and raised concerns about whether this could threaten a major market for U.S. meat. The action China's customs agency took against the Tyson plant in Springdale, Arkansas, could have major implications for the meat industry if it were expanded because dozens of beef, pork and poultry plants have had outbreaks of the coronavirus among their workers.(AP Photo/April L. Brown, File)

US meat industry puzzled by China's import ban for 1 plant

Jun. 23, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's decision to ban imports from a single Tyson Foods poultry plant where there was a coronavirus outbreak has raised concerns about the implications on the U.S. meat industry if the action is expanded to other plants. Chinese customs officials didn't hint about expanding the ban in...

Hundreds test positive at Tyson Foods plant in Arkansas

Jun. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tyson Foods is looking into reports that China's customs agency has suspended poultry imports from a Tyson facility in the United States after coronavirus cases were confirmed among its employees. A Tyson spokesman said Sunday that the plant in question is in Springdale,...

State Senate OKs bill to fight Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Jun. 14, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill intended to help protect the public from Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been approved by the Massachusetts Senate. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a mosquito-borne virus that is rare but can be fatal. Last year, Massachusetts saw a resurgence of EEE, with more than 200 communities...

This image taken from a May 19, 2020, video provided by Direct Action Everywhere, shows workers in Grundy County, Iowa, walking among carcasses and using bolt guns to kill pigs that remain alive after they had been exposed to heat in an effort to euthanize the animals. Meatpacking plants that had to close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. (Direct Action Everywhere via AP)

Slaughterhouses reopen but farmers still euthanizing pigs

May. 29, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meatpacking plants that had to briefly close due to coronavirus outbreaks have been back up and running for weeks, but production backlogs are forcing farmers to euthanize thousands of hogs that can't be processed, drawing complaints from animal welfare advocates. In Iowa, where...

FDA says cows may have caused E. coli lettuce contamination

May. 21, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Outbreaks of E. coli illness that sickened 188 people who ate romaine lettuce grown in California probably came from cattle grazing near the farms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report released Thursday. Feces from the cows, which contain the bacteria, is considered...

Mississippi Army National Guard Sgt. Newman Kazery, right, elbow bumps with Charles Jenkins, a supply tech and disabled Navy veteran, as he goes to work at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Kazery was one of 50 members of the Mississippi Air and Army National Guard that stood outside the medical facility and applaud both incoming and outgoing medical shifts honoring medical personnel for their efforts in working with the coronavirus on the final day of National Nurses Week. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov tightens virus rules in 7 hard-hit counties

May. 12, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday that he is tightening regulations in parts of the state seeing the fastest spread of the new coronavirus. The target area is seven largely rural counties in the east central part of the state: Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton and...

Workers line up to enter the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind., Thursday, May 7, 2020. In Cass County, home to the Tyson plant, confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1,500. That’s given the county — home to about 38,000 residents — one of the nation’s highest per-capita infection rates. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

As Trump urges reopening, thousands getting sick on the job

May. 12, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump urges getting people back to work and reopening the economy, an Associated Press analysis shows thousands of people are getting sick from COVID-19 on the job. Recent figures show a surge of infections in meatpacking and poultry-processing plants. There's been...

Virus outbreak prompts temporary closure at poultry plant

May. 9, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — A Tyson Foods poultry plant in North Carolina is closing temporarily for deep cleaning after a coronavirus outbreak there. News outlets report that one of two Tyson plants in Wilkesboro closed Saturday and will reopen on Tuesday. The plant is normally closed on Sundays anyway....

11 attorneys general seek probe into meatpacking industry

May. 5, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The attorneys general for 11 Midwestern states urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to pursue a federal investigation into market concentration and potential price fixing by meatpackers in the cattle industry during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General...