Friday, April 17, 2020

BBC's Deep Dive into Smithfield Outbreak Shines Light on Immigrant Meat Processors

The BBC's article Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak is a fascinating read. It dives into the conditions at Smithfield that led to the spread of the virus, a spread so fast and wide that infections at the plant accounted for more than half of all infections in the state of South Dakota.

Lurking in the background of this story is the fact that many of the individuals working at Smithfield are immigrants. Employees speak 80(!) different languages and come from all corners of the globe.

It's another reminder of the hard jobs held down by immigrant "essential workers" during this time of crisis.


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