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Health Oct 27At least 59,000 U.S. meat workers caught COVID-19 in 2020, 269 died
A U.S. House report says at least 59,000 meatpacking workers became ill with COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year.
Health Oct 19USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry
The USDA says the industry has succeeded in reducing the level of salmonella contamination found in poultry plants in recent years, but that hasn’t translated into a significant reduction in the 1.35 million salmonella illnesses reported each year.
Nation Oct 05Workers at all of Kellogg’s U.S. cereal plants go on strike
The strike includes plants in Omaha, Nebraska; Battle Creek, Michigan; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee.
Economy Sep 07Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700 million aid plan
The grants announced Tuesday are intended to defray some of the costs workers bore as many of them bought their own protective equipment or took unpaid leave as the virus tore through their industries even as they were required to…
Nation Jul 24States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge
Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities.
Health Jul 16‘Pandemic of the unvaccinated’ burdens busy U.S. hospitals
With the highly contagious delta variant spreading rapidly across the country, cases in the U.S. are up about 70% over the last week, hospital admissions are up about 36% and deaths rose by 26%, according to the Centers for Disease…
Health Jul 13U.S. COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks
New COVID-19 cases per day in the U.S. have doubled over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings.
Economy Jul 06New U.S. rules to protect animal farmers expected soon
The Biden administration plans to issue a new rule to protect the rights of farmers who raise cows, chickens and hogs against the country's largest meat processors as part of a plan to encourage more competition in agriculture.
Nation Jan 26Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel
Many schools and businesses closed Monday as the storm moved across the Midwest and officials urged drivers to stay off the roads.
Economy Apr 13Virus closes some meat plants, raising fears of shortages
The new coronavirus has sickened workers at meat processing plants across the country, forcing some massive operations to close at least temporarily.