Do you love bacon? You are really gonna hate this news. Smithfield Foods CEO Kenneth Sullivan announced the indefinite closure of one of the largest pork-producing plants in the world due to a coronavirus outbreak among workers. According to Sullivan, the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota provides 5% of the nation’s pork production, or roughly 130 million meals per week.
In a rather grim statement, Sullivan warned of potential meat shortages in the not-too-distant future.
“’The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply. It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running. These facility closures will also have severe, perhaps disastrous, repercussions for many in the supply chain, first and foremost our nation’s livestock farmers. These farmers have nowhere to send their animals,’ said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, for Smithfield.”