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Smithfield Foods shutters its FIFTH plant as fears of meat shortages across US grow amid coronavirus outbreak and farmers warn they may have to EUTHANIZE tens of thousands of pigs

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April 2020

STATION GOSSIP — Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, is expected to shut down a fifth processing plant where dozens of employees have fallen ill with COVID-19.

Virginia-based Smithfield, which is owned by China’s WH Group Ltd, has now shuttered pork-processing plants in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Now a pig farmer has revealed to DailyMail.com that the company is shuttering its plant in Crete, Nebraska, spurring fears of a collapse in the beef and pork supply chain that could result in shortages and higher prices for consumers. […]

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2 Comments on Smithfield Foods shutters its FIFTH plant as fears of meat shortages across US grow amid coronavirus outbreak and farmers warn they may have to EUTHANIZE tens of thousands of pigs

  1. There were already many cities across the country that have decriminalized petty-theft in their districts which was already having a major impact on businesses, but with these shortages and higher prices, we are going to see shoplifting explode. Plus, businesses will be reluctant to chase a shoplifter out the store because of the ubiquitous fear now of contracting the phony virus and the shoplifters will know this and be even more confident than they would otherwise.

    Imagine a year or two from now where we basically shop ONLY at Target and Wal-Mart to get our food. Uuugh!

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