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JBS cuts production at US facility as precaution

31 March 2020

JBS will reduce beef production for two weeks at a Pennsylvania plant after managers displayed flu-like symptoms.

According to reporting from Reuters, the JBS facility is the first US meat plant to cut operations due to coronavirus fears.   

In a statement issued on Monday 30 March, members of the facility's senior management team were sent home to monitor their health as a precaution.  

JBS did not say how much production would be reduced or whether the employees were being tested for COVID-19.

The plant has more than 1,000 workers and is the largest beef facility east of Chicago, serving customers along the eastern seaboard and around the world, according to the company, a subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS SA.

The facility will continue to run "fabrication and ground beef operations" and should return to normal on 14 April, according to the statement.

Meat plants in Canada have already been shut temporarily due to concerns about the virus.

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