By Tyler Durden | 24 April 2020
ZERO HEDGE — Update (April 24): At least ten meatpacking facilities have shuttered operations over the last several weeks, stoking fears of imminent food shortages across the country.
Hormel Foods Corporation announced Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc., “will temporarily pause operations at its Willmar Avenue and its Benson Avenue facilities, both located in Willmar, Minn.”
“Based on information about the community spread of COVID-19 in the area, the company decided it was the right decision to pause operations to undergo a facility-wide cleaning that will enhance already robust safety and sanitization protocols. Under its pay program, all Jennie-O Turkey Store employees will continue to receive 100 percent of their base pay and benefits during the pause in production. Jennie-O Turkey Store is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation.”
Steve Lykken, president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, said, “The health, well-being and safety of our team members is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to take a pause in operations.” […]