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Trump to Sign Executive Order to Keep Meat Processing Plants Open

President Donald Trump said hes planning to sign an executive order to compel meat processing plants to remain open during the CCP virus pandemic.

A number of meat and poultry plants have shut down in recent weeks after employees contracted the virus, leading to warnings from top executives that a shortage may hit the United States.

“Were going to sign an executive order today, I believe, and thatll solve any liability problems,” Trump told reporters on April 28 during a meeting with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

News reports on April 28 said Trump would sign a Defense Production Act order and state that meat processing plants are critical infrastructure.

“And well be in very good shape,” the president said in response to a question about the order. “Were working with Tyson, which is one of the big companies in the world. And we always work with the farmers. Theres plenty of supply, as you know. Theres plenty of supply. Its distribution. And we will probably have that today solved. It was a very unique circumstance, because of liability.”

Other than the comment to reporters, Trump didnt elaborate.

The president was referring to Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat producers in the world, which warned of a potential meat shortage.

“The food supply chain is breaking,” Tyson Foods chairman of the board John Tyson wrote in a full-page ad published by several news outlets on April 26.

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Employees and family members protest outside a Smithfield Foods processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., on April 9, 2020. (Stephen Groves/AP Photo)

“As pork, beef, and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” Tyson wrote in a statement. “As a result, there will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed.”

Tyson recently suspended operations at its largest pork production plant, coming days after Smithfield Foods, a Chinese-owned company, suspended operations at some of its plants across the United States.

Tyson added in another statement that it was taking action to deal with the threat of shortages to customers.

“Were shifting production at our plants and rerouting products to make sure store shelves stay stocked for you and your family,” thRead More From Source

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