Shrinking COVID infection rate among meat processing workers an encouraging sign
The outgoing president of the Minnesota Pork Board points to the shrinking COVID infection rate among packing plant workers as a major positive for the industry.
JoDee Haala, director of public affairs for Christensen Farms, tells Brownfield data from the Department of Health is very encouraging.
“If you look at the meat processing plants compared to any other industry, the numbers are extremely low, like other industries are five times higher than the meatpacking industry.”
There were no outbreaks at packing plants in December, which she says is indicative of lessons learned during the pandemic.
“How to deploy PPE, how to adapt those facilities to keep workers safe. So that’s really really exciting news for the workers that are in those facilities.”
Haala says that’s also exciting for the farmers who depend on a consistent supply chain and outlet for the animals they are raising.