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COVID-19 Outbreaks at Meat Plants Underscore Worker Safety Concerns


April 16, 2020

by Mike Moen

DES MOINES, Iowa - The temporary closing of meat-processing plants has raised concerns over food supplies during the pandemic. But in states like Iowa and South Dakota, they also renew demands for worker safety.

At least two plants in Iowa suspended operations after a number of employees tested positive for COVID-19, including a pair of deaths considered related to the pandemic.

Rafael Morataya, executive director of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, says leaders of these states need to ensure that proper protection measures are being enforced.

"Worker stations are...

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