Meatpackers ignored COVID-19 spread to keep operating, House report says

  • Silky Pork pigs are weighed as they head towards the finishing part of the meat processing at the Smithfield Foods processing facility on Oct. 9, 2014 in Clinton, N.C. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

The nation’s biggest meatpackers ignored warnings that COVID-19 was spreading through their plants, hyped claims of impending shortages and helped draft a Trump administration order to keep the facilities running during the early days of the pandemic, a congressional investigation found.