Coronavirus can afflict the powerful. Yet food workers remain the most vulnerable.

October 4, 2020

More than six months after the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country, workers in the food industry remain among the most vulnerable to its ravages. Researchers at the Food & Environment Reporting Network have tracked outbreaks in 810 meatpacking, poultry and food processing plants, documenting at least 54,122 infected workers and 245 deaths. More than 10,000 of these cases have been reported in the facilities of industry giant Tyson Foods alone.

Angela Stuesse
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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