Meatpacking Facilities Near Full Operation of 2019 Capacity

The Department of Agriculture says U.S. meatpacking facilities are operating at more than 95% of average capacity when compared to 2019. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue applauded the data, attributing the operations to the safe reopening of the facilities. USDA said beef facilities are operating at 98%, pork facilities are operating at 95%, and poultry facilities are operating at 98% of their capacity compared to the same time last year.

Perdue thanked the industry and its workers, for “quickly getting their operations back up and running.”

USDA said the facilities are safely resuming operations following an executive order by President Donald Trump to implement safety guidelines to protect workers from COVID-19. The closures led to shortages at grocery stores and a backlog of animals ready to slaughter, creating depressed prices for farmers, yet higher prices for consumers.

USDA said it will continue to work with safety officials to keep the facilities open while maintaining worker safety.


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