Tom Polansek

Smithfield Foods prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to U.S. employees

Jan 06 2021

CHICAGO (Reuters) -Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, said on Wednesday it is actively preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to employees and has medical capabilities at its U.S. plants.

U.S. finds first case of coronavirus in wild animal, a Utah mink

Dec 14 2020

CHICAGO The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday that it confirmed the first known case of the coronavirus in a wild animal, a mink.

As U.S. states disagree over COVID-19 vaccine plans, Perdue Farms asks CDC for help

Dec 11 2020

CHICAGO U.S. chicken company Perdue Farms is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to coordinate states' policies over who will receive COVID-19 vaccines first, warning that a patchwork of plans threatens the vaccination campaign.

U.S. meatpacker Smithfield Foods offers to store COVID-19 vaccines in ultra-cold freezers

Dec 03 2020

CHICAGO Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest pork processor, said on Thursday it had offered to help U.S. health officials distribute COVID-19 vaccines and store them in ultra-cold freezers that are in high demand to support a public vaccination campaign.

'Very stressful': COVID-19 surge slices U.S. demand for big Thanksgiving turkeys

Nov 23 2020

CHICAGO All summer, Greg Gunthorp slaughtered and froze 15- to 24-pound turkeys on his northeastern Indiana farm for Thanksgiving sales to retailers, restaurants and families across the Midwest.

Tyson Foods suspends employees after lawsuit alleges managers bet on workers catching COVID-19

Nov 19 2020

CHICAGO Tyson Foods Inc said on Thursday it suspended employees without pay and hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an investigation in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges managers at an Iowa pork plant took bets on how many employees would catch COVID-19.

Smithfield Foods, subcontractor fined $100,000 for COVID-19 violations in California

Nov 16 2020

CHICAGO Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest pork processor, and a subcontractor face fines of more than $100,000 from California's workplace safety regulator for failing to protect employees from COVID-19 and other violations during the pandemic.

Tyson Foods beats profit estimates, sees lower COVID-19 costs in 2021

Nov 16 2020

Tyson Foods beat Wall Street estimates for fourth-quarter profit on Monday, but faces rising costs for animal feed and uncertainty over labor as COVID-19 cases surge in the United States.

U.S. meat company sues New Mexico to stay open after COVID-19 cases

Nov 11 2020

CHICAGO A U.S. meat company that supplies Walmart and Costco is suing New Mexico to fight a state order that seeks to close a production facility where more than 100 workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

GRAINS-Soy futures hit highest in over four years on strong demand, tight supply

Nov 11 2020

* Traders eye South America crop weather (Adds closing prices)

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