Smithfield Foods pork plant fined after deadly COVID outbreak

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 16:52:21-04

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Federal regulators have cited Smithfield Foods for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus at the company’s Sioux Falls plant, an early hot spot for virus infections that hobbled American meatpacking plants.

The nature and timing of the violation wasn’t immediately clear from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but the announcement included the latest assessment of the virus’ impact in Sioux Falls.

Four plant workers were killed by the virus during the spring and at least 1,294 workers were sickened.

Smithfield Foods, which is based in Virginia, says it plans to contest the citation and $13,494 fine.