Tag: Pork

Easy Chili Verde Recipe

Serves 4Prep time: 20 minutesTotal time: 3 hours Ingredients for the tomatillo salsa:1 pound|450 grams tomatillos, husked, washed, and quartered 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 3 garlic cloves½ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped. ½ medium yellow onion¼ jalapeno, stemmed and seededkosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste for the chili verde:1 pound|450 grams boneless […]

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As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

Smithfield Foods was the first company to warn in April that the coronavirus pandemic was pushing the United States “perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply.” Tyson Foods also sounded the alarm, saying that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear” from the nation’s supply chain as plants were being forced […]

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Coronavirus Is Forcing Farmers to Give Their Pigs Away on Craigslist — And Even Euthanize Them

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Tens of thousands of pigs are being euthanized each day and dumped into landfills or used as biofuel. That’s because pig farmers have a big problem — oversupply. Three hundred-pound hogs that should’ve gone to market are now being sold for fractions […]

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Meat Shortages Start to Hit Grocery Stores and Restaurants

Hundreds of Wendy’s restaurants have run out of hamburgers. Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, is limiting the amount of ground beef and pork that customers can buy at some stores. And Costco, where shoppers typically buy in bulk, has placed a three-product cap on purchases of fresh beef, poultry and pork. […]

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Prevent Meat Shortage

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday declared meat processing plants “critical infrastructure,” in an effort to ensure that facilities around the country remained open as the government tried to prevent looming shortages of pork, chicken and other products as a result of the coronavirus. The action comes as meat plants around the country have turned […]

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Trump Plans to Sign Order to Secure Meat Supply

WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to sign an executive order on Tuesday intended to keep meat processing plants around the country open, in an effort to prevent looming shortages of pork, chicken and other products as a result of the coronavirus. The order will classify meat processing facilities as “critical infrastructure” under the Defense Production […]

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Smithfield Meat Plant Conditions Assailed as Public Nuisance

Workers at a Smithfield Foods pork plant in Milan, Mo., say that for years they have endured repetitive stress injuries on the meat processing line — and urinary tract infections because they had so few bathroom breaks. But as the coronavirus pandemic has emerged, workers say they have encountered another health complication: reluctance to cover […]

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Tight-Knit Company Towns Reel as Coronavirus Rolls Through

As soon as she heard about a cluster of coronavirus cases at the Tyson pork processing plant on the edge of Columbus Junction, Iowa, Cindy Johnston felt a ripple effect through her small community along the Iowa River. Ms. Johnston, who manages a Dairy Sweet burgers and ice cream shack, sent home four teenage employees […]

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The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

The modern American slaughterhouse is a very different place from the one that Upton Sinclair depicted in his early-20th-century novel, “The Jungle.” Many are giant, sleek refrigerated assembly lines, staffed mostly by unionized workers who slice, debone and “gut snatch” hog and beef carcasses, under constant oversight of government inspectors. The jobs are often grueling […]

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South Dakota Meat Plant Is Now Country’s Biggest Coronavirus Hot Spot

An immigrant from El Salvador bought a three-bedroom home with a basement for her family. A single mother from Ethiopia sent her daughters to college. A refugee from Sudan bought bunk beds for her boys, new couches and a dining table. Before the Smithfield pork factory in Sioux Falls became the radiating core of South […]

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Poultry Worker’s Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants

Annie Grant, 55, had been feverish for two nights. Worried about the coronavirus outbreak, her adult children had begged her to stay home rather than return to the frigid poultry plant in Georgia where she had been on the packing line for nearly 15 years. But on the third day she was ill, they got […]

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