According to a Tyson Foods executive, the closure of food-processing plants across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic is "breaking" the food supply chain.
The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published a full-page ad in which board chairman John Tyson described the company's response to the COVID-19 crisis, which includes further closures of Tyson Food facilities that will contribute to the "breaking" of the food supply chain.
"Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation," the ad reads. "Millions of animals – chickens, pigs, and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking."
Tyson Foods has already closed facilities in Logansport, Indiana; and Waterloo, Iowa. Approximately 182 cases of coronavirus were associated with the Waterloo plant.
Other food processing plants, including Smithfield and JBS, have shuttered their doors to combat the spread of the virus.
Tyson told CNN that the company now performs daily temperature checks and requires all employees to wear face masks while in the facility.