Apr 08, 2021 12:15 PM

Complaint may spur review of meat industry's virus response

Posted Apr 08, 2021 12:15 PM
 A Walnut Valley Packing employee begins the process of turning a cow into a steak. Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service
A Walnut Valley Packing employee begins the process of turning a cow into a steak. Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A union complaint about whether an Oklahoma meatpacking plant is doing enough to protect workers from the coronavirus could test the industry’s response to the pandemic because Seaboard Foods says it is following recommendations from the government and trade groups.

The complaint offers regulators in the Biden administration an opportunity to say whether they believe the meatpacking industry is doing enough to protect workers because Seaboard officials said they have taken a number of steps similar to what other companies have done such as installing plastic barriers between work stations and checking employee temperatures at the door.