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01 May 2020
Nine meat processing plants in Brazil contend with coronavirus outbreaks
Health officials in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, report that coronavirus has spread to nine local meat processing plants....
COVID-19 cases surge in reopened JBS plant; causing worker death
Confirmed coronavirus cases have more than doubled at a JBS beef facility in Colorado in “a number of days,” say union officials....
30 April 2020
CME update: US livestock futures mostly lower, with cattle being mixed
As meat processing woes persist, US live cattle futures were mixed as traders wrestled with the implications of a presidential order for US meat packing plants to remain open....
AWI puts JBS and Smithfield in the crosshairs
As reports of coronavirus outbreaks at the US's biggest meat processors continue, new analysis of government documents by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) finds that JBS USA and Smithfield foods have sub-standard animal welfare records. ...
29 April 2020
President Trump signs executive order to keep meat processing plants open during COVID-19
On 28 April, President Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the US food supply despite concerns of coronavirus outbreaks....
28 April 2020
Arla Foods amba confirms May milk price
UK - The Arla on-account prices for conventional and organic milk will decrease by 1 eurocent for May 2020. ...
The UK's TB response during coronavirus
The Ulster Farmers' Union union has responded to members'queries during COVID-19. ...
27 April 2020
Pelwatte pledges preventive protocols while milk processing
SRI LANKA - Pelwatte Dairy Industries - Sri Lanka’s leading local dairy processing company - has taken all the necessary steps to ensure the best practices for health and prevention protocols are followed during the dairy processing....
USDA and APHIS to help manage supplies at meat processors amid coronavirus
USDA and APHIS will establish a coordination centre to assist livestock producers affected by processing plant closures. ...
New health and safety guidance for US meatpackers
The US Labour Department has issued new guidelines for US meatpacking and meat processing plants that have experienced COVID-19 infections....
24 April 2020
US union reports that more than 5,000 meat and food processing workers were exposed to coronavirus
The largest meatpacking union in the US says that more than 5,000 meat and food processing workers have been exposed or infected with the novel coronavirus....
23 April 2020
CME update: live cattle futures falter due to processing slowdowns
US live cattle futures eased on 22 April as cash markets for the animals weaken due to closed processing plants, traders said....
22 April 2020
CME update: cattle futures slip due to stock sell-offs
CME Group cattle futures were weaker on 21 April, facing pressure by a steep decline in equity markets....
21 April 2020
Alberta issues a response plan to protect workers in food processing plants
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the provincial and federal governments, beef industry and worker representatives have developed a plan to respond to confirmed cases of coronavirus in food processing plants....
Cargill temporarily idles beef plant in Alberta as workers test positive for coronavirus
After hundreds of workers are infected with COVID-19, Cargill idles its beef plant in High River, Alberta....
CME update: cattle contracts fell on technical selling
Cattle contracts ease as supplies are expected to tighten....
UK public encouraged to "support small cheesemakers" as pandemic threatens the future of Britain's specialist cheese industry
Britain's specialist cheesemakers and retailers have joined forces to urge the public to "support small cheesemakers" as the Coronavirus crisis threatens to wipe out the previously thriving industry....
20 April 2020
CME update: cattle futures mixed at the end of the week
US live and feeder cattle futures ended mixed on 17 April, with short term contracts pressured by coronavirus-related slowdowns at processing plants, while hopes of a reopening economy bolstered deferred contracts....
17 April 2020
BMPA urges changes to the UK Job Retention Scheme to keep meat processors at work
If the UK chancellor modifies the Job Retention Scheme to permit businesses in key industries like meat packing to “part furlough” staff for part of their working week, taxpayers and workers could reach a “win-win”....
CME update: cattle futures reach one-week high, rebounding from COVID-19 losses
US live and feeder cattle set one-week highs on 16 April as markets reverse coronavirus-related losses....
16 April 2020
CME update: cattle futures stabilise amid further meat plant shutdowns
US cattle futures recovered on 15 April as markets advanced from recent losses that traders believe dropped prices too far below the cash markets....
15 April 2020
Cargill reduces beef output at Alberta plant as COVID-19 spreads
Cargill Ltd has reduced production at one of Canada’s biggest beef-packing plants after dozens of workers tested positive for coronavirus....
CME update: cattle futures rise on hopes that US slaughterhouses will reopen
US cattle futures rose on 14 April reversing recent losses....
14 April 2020
North American meat plant workers fall in and walk off jobs due to COVID-19
In the recent “Focus – Elbow to elbow” analysis from Tom Polansek and Rod Nickel of Reuters, reporters find widespread walk outs among North American meat packers and processors as coronavirus erodes the workforce – putting the meat supply chain...
CME update: cattle futures sink further as COVID-19 closes more meat processors
US Livestock futures plunged on 13 April as worries of reduced meat processing capacity clouded the market....
13 April 2020
US pork processor shuts plant indefinitely, with beef plants likely to follow
Smithfield Foods says it will shut a US plant indefinitely due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and warned that the US was moving “perilously close to the edge” in supplies for grocers....
10 April 2020
CME update: cattle futures slip as market roils from coronavirus
US Livestock futures slid again on 9 April as market volatility due to coronavirus raised concerns of meat packing closures and surging beef stocks....
09 April 2020
USDA announces investigation into surging beef prices and flatlining cattle prices during pandemic
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will investigate why a sudden rise in beef prices due to coronavirus hoarding didn’t translate into higher cattle prices for farmers....
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