Meat-packing plants across the nation are testing employees for Covid-19, trying to stay ahead of the virus while keeping their plants running and the U.S. supplied. At the Triumph Foods pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri 373 workers tested positive for the virus.
But here’s the thing, none of them showed any symptoms.
In keeping with company policy, all of them must stay home in self-isolation until they test negative for the virus.
This creates quite a conundrum. If we test all workers in all meat-packing plants, we’re likely to find many infected workers, who then must be sent home. We will be creating the very labor shortage in food supply chain that we’re trying to avoid.