Iowa Beef Plant Fined Just $957 after 300 Workers Tested Positive for Virus

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Reprinted from Manufacturing Business Technology by Ryan Foley on September 25, 2020.

Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce — a $957 fine for a minor record-keeping violation.

The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant’s 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on June 1 that it had launched inspections at the Tama plant and four other meatpacking plants where thousands of workers had tested positive. …

Manufacturing Business Technology 9/25

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