1 out of 20 novel coronavirus pneumonia. What happened to the US meat factory?

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 1 out of 20 novel coronavirus pneumonia. What happened to the US meat factory?


According to the latest news, on the 21st, the General Administration of Customs of China announced on its website that it would suspend the export of poultry products of Tyson company with registration number of p5842 to China.

Source: Tyson website

Why novel coronavirus pneumonia is a frequent threat to the new crown pneumonia outbreak?

Maria lettini, executive director of farm animal investment risk and return, an international risk assessment agency, told CFI: some of the workers working in the meat complex are vulnerable. They dont dare to speak, and they dont know if there is an asymptomatic patient without a test. At the same time, it doesnt seem so surprising to think that when you think that the job in a meat joint factory is the only source of income for some immigrant families, youd rather take the risk to work than lose it.

The outbreak of United States meat factory is on the rise

There are more than 800 meat processing plants in the United States, but through the integration of various links of food production chain over the years, only four companies dominate the whole industry. They are the four largest meat processing plants in the United States, namely JBS, Smithfield, Tyson and Sanderson feedlot companies. At present, novel coronavirus pneumonia has been found in other meat companies except for Sandersons farm company, which found a new confirmed crown virus worker in mid March but the epidemic did not spread.

Source of four major meat processing plants in the United States: arranged by Li Xinjie, intern reporter of our newspaper

In early April, novel coronavirus pneumonia was detected in more than 230 workers in the South Dakota factory in the worlds largest pork processing company, and then on 15, a total of 644 employees were diagnosed, accounting for 55% of the total number of cases in the state in April. The factory was under pressure to shut down.

At the end of May, Smithfields factory in Bladen County, North Carolina, also had a cluster infection. However, when asked about the specific number of confirmed cases, Smithfield said it would not provide any data and local health officials would not disclose it.

Jbsusa, the second-largest U.S. beef and pork processor, closed three factories almost in the same period. Jbsusas plant in Greeley, Colorado, was forced to close on April 16 after about 100 workers were infected with the virus and three died. As of June 9th, novel coronavirus pneumonia cases in the factory had exceeded 300 cases, according to the records of the public health and Environmental Department of Colorado.

For Tyson, the second largest meat processing company in the United States, after closing two factories on April 26, in early May, another 1031 workers of Tysons fresh meat company were diagnosed, accounting for 37% of the total number of employees. Later, at the end of May, 555 employees of Tyson food at storm lake, Iowa, were tested positive for the new crown (22% of the factorys employees).

In early June, Tyson found 815 workers diagnosed in two factories in Iowa; another 17 workers were found positive for new coronavirus in a poultry factory in Texas, 111 of the 1212 employees in the factory were positive; another 8 workers were found in a steak cutting factory in Chicago, in addition to the 23 confirmed cases in April.

Tyson recently confirmed that novel coronavirus pneumonia was recently reported in poultry slaughtering enterprises registered with P5842. The plant is located in Springdale, Arkansas. According to the website of the General Administration of Customs of China, the products of poultry slaughtering enterprises with the registration number of p5842 of Tyson company in the United States have been suspended from exporting to China since June 21.

At present, the General Administration of Customs has updated the list of meat products exported to China by countries or regions that meet the assessment requirements and suspended the import of products from the enterprise. All products from the above enterprises that have arrived or are about to arrive at the port shall be temporarily withheld by the Customs Department.

Why is the United States the most seriously affected by the outbreak among the global meat factories? Is it related to the large scale of its factory?

Letiri told the first financial reporter: I saw the photos and everyone in China wore masks because everyone was worried. But this is not the case in the United States. Letiri further said: the infection rate in some communities can show that these production lines are the source of the epidemic. The pictures of the production line clearly show that the workers are standing next to each other. They cant stop everything. They just spread the disease to each other.

The reason is that CDC does not have the right to supervise the industry. In the United States, the federal agency that has the authority to regulate the operating conditions of meat factories is the U.S. Occupational Safety and health administration under the U.S. Department of labor. However, after the trump administration came into power, it cut down its staff and inspection activities significantly, and the agency has not yet issued any mandatory orders on how meat factories should prevent workers from contracting the new crown virus.

On April 28, Trumps government urged the closed joint meat factory to resume production, saying the closure destroyed critical infrastructure during a state of emergency..

Of course, in the epidemic, those food workers who joined the trade union were protected to some extent.

Letiri told the first financial reporter that after the US food workers Union stepped in quickly, it issued a public statement saying that it did not want workers to return to work. Later, we can see that investors also played a part in it. Many institutional investors quickly sent letters to CEOs of meat joint factories such as Smithfield, Tyson and Sanderson feedlot company, saying that they hoped workers could get appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Novel coronavirus pneumonia and the various production discontinued were affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic in May. The stock prices of the four largest meat processing plants in the United States had dropped by 25%, while the US shares fell by 9% during the same period. Goldman Sachs listed livestock as one of the most volatile commodities next year.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u6056789,container:ssp_ 6056789, async:true }At the same time, due to the shortage of animal protein, which was subsequently restricted and the price increased, the leading brand of plant-based meat substitutes has become brilliant. In the first quarter of this year, the companys net income increased by 141% compared with last year, and its stock price has more than doubled since the beginning of the year. Its products have entered 25000 grocery stores in the United States. The company also recently announced cooperation with Sinodis, a food distributor, to enter the Chinese market and substantially increase its market share in Asia. Peter Saleh, an analyst at btig, an investment bank, rated beyondmeat as buy, with a target price of $173. Letiri told the first financial reporter that in the next five years, consumers will see the rapid development of alternative protein products. Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been diagnosed in 2 million 290 thousand cases, 120 thousand cases of Trumps campaign meeting, and 6 new staff members. The new crown virus test was positive. In October or over 200 thousand, the United States increased the number of new US crown deaths. The source is: first financial writer: Feng Difan Li Xinjie, editor in chief: Liu Xiaowu NN4113

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