beef processing

North Platte Telegraph

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is ramping up his crusade for the meat industry by endorsing a new “beef passport” program to promote meat eating, a few weeks after he blasted Colorado’s governor for a resolution encouraging its residents to eat less. Ricketts, a Republican, cast meat as essential to his state’s economy and the nation’s food security. He criticized “radical environmentalists” and Bill Gates for promoting alternatives, such as synthetic, lab-grown meat, and for arguing that the global meat production system isn’t sustainable.

Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele is asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to visit the city following President Trump's executive order that requires meat processing plants to stay open. The mayor said he wants to explain to Secretary Perdue the problems the city has faced with government orders that have failed to protect the people of Grand Island. There are one-thousand-25 cases of COVID-19 in Hall County, including more than 200 tied to a JBS meat-packing plant.

Ten workers at a central Nebraska beef processing plant have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. The South Heartland District Health Department reported the cases at Western Reserve Beef in Hastings. The department says it's working closely with Western Reserve management to complete the contact investigations, provide recommendations for employee safety, and provide additional testing for their workforce. Hastings is just south of Grand Island, a coronavirus hot spot in Nebraska. On Monday, Lincoln Premium Poultry announced its first COVID-19 case at its Fremont chicken plant.