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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...

Virus testing launched after poultry plant outbreaks

May. 1, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new cornonavirus testing site has been launched at Perdue Stadium on Maryland's Eastern Shore in response to poultry plant outbreaks, Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday. The site at the stadium named after the founder of Perdue Farms in Salisbury, Maryland, in Wicomico County opens as 279...

FILE - This April 18, 2020, file photo, shows the JBS USA Pork Plant in Worthington, Minn. Officials estimate that about 700,000 pigs across the nation can't be processed each week and must euthanized. Most of the hogs are being killed at farms, but up to 13,000 a day also may be euthanized at the JBS pork plant in Worthington. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

Healthy pigs being killed as meatpacking backlog hits farms

May. 1, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After spending two decades raising pigs to send to slaughterhouses, Dean Meyer now faces the mentally draining, physically difficult task of killing them even before they leave his northwest Iowa farm. Meyer said he and other farmers across the Midwest have been devastated by the...

CORRECTS SPELLING TO PERDUE, NOT PURDUE In this photo taken with a drone, local hospital officials have reported a spike in COVID-19 cases at the Perdue poultry processing plant on the Eastern Shore Wednesday April 29, 2020, in Accomac, Va. Coronavirus cases among workers at poultry plants on Virginia's Eastern Shore have become an increasing concern for local health officials.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Maryland governor: poultry plant actions taken due to virus

Apr. 29, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that a coronavirus testing site would be opened at Perdue Stadium on the state's Eastern Shore in response to outbreaks at poultry processing plants. The testing site will be opened in Salisbury, Maryland, to test workers at the Perdue...