Tyson suspends production at Iowa plant after system malfunction

Tyson Foods said that it has idled production at a pork plant in Iowa after a mechanical malfunction in its refrigeration system.

17 December 2020, at 7:12am

Reuters reports that Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, said no one was hurt from the malfunction at the Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant, which occurred on 15 December, but operations could remain halted for a few days for repairs.

The facility kills about 10,100 pigs a day, or about 2 percent of the United States’ total slaughtering capacity, according to industry estimates.

"We're taking steps to temporarily move production to other plants," said Steve Stouffer, group president at Tyson Fresh Meats, adding it was too early to provide a definitive timeline for resuming production at the plant.

In April, Tyson Foods closed operations at the plant to contain the rapid spread of the new coronavirus.

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