Tyson resumes processing hogs at idled Iowa pork plant

Tyson Foods says that it has resumed slaughtering hogs at an Iowa meat plant that was idled for three weeks due to a mechanical malfunction.

7 January 2021, at 8:04am

Reuters reports that slaughtering at the Columbus Junction plant resumed on 6 January.

Workers at the plant will begin butchering the animals into cuts of pork on Thursday 7 January, spokeswoman Liz Croston said in an email. The company plans to increase production gradually, she said.

Tyson said on 16 December that the plant could be idle for a few days for repairs and that it was shifting production to other facilities.

The Columbus Junction plant kills about 10,100 pigs a day, or about 2 percent of the nation's total slaughtering capacity, according to industry estimates.

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