(AmericanPoliticalDaily.Com)- On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order that required meat processing plants to stay open throughout the remainder of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak. The move comes as fear builds about the food supply chain in the United States being disrupted by the pandemic.
The order expressed the importance of meat processors staying open to fulfil orders from stores.
“It is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (‘meat and poultry’) in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans,” Trump’s executive order said. “However, outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers at some processing facilities have led to the reduction in some of those facilities’ production capacity. In addition, recent actions in some States have led to the complete closure of some large processing facilities.”
The order explains how unnecessary closures will have a “large effect on the food supply chain” and requires them all to stay open and continue functioning.
Trump used the powers granted to him under the Defense Production Act to ensure businesses remain operating. The order explained how the Secretary of agriculture will take “all appropriate action” to ensure processors continue operations that are “consistent with the guidance for their operations jointly issued by the CDC and OSHA.”
The Trump administration recently held private discussions with the executives of the country’s biggest processing plants to pre-empt food shortages and ensure measures are taken now to ensure the country is fed throughout the rest of this crisis.
Tyson Foods, one of the biggest processors in the country, recently published a piece in the New York Times suggesting that the food supply chain is breaking and they are unable to keep many of their factories open.
Tyson Foods — the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork — published an open letter in the NYT.
Say they can’t guarantee to keep food factories open.
“The food supply chain is breaking.” pic.twitter.com/PBlyecTXtv
— HARLAN Z. HILL (@Harlan) April 27, 2020
The executive order means that companies like Tyson Foods won’t be able to shut their doors.