Food shortages loom as outbreaks move from meat plants to bakeries, fruit, vegetable and dairy facilities

Article Link: https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/food-shortages-loom-as-outbreaks-move-from-meat-plants-to-bakeries-fruit-vegetable-and-dairy-facilities

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

A caravan of vehicles decorated with black ribbons and memorial pictures crawled through Yakima, Washington, last week to mark the death of David Cruz, a 60-year-old fruit warehouse employee who died after contracting coronavirus. The county, a hub of agricultural activity where workers jam into often crowded factories to package apples and other foods, has the highest per capita infection rate on the West Coast. It’s a grim reality that’s playing out across the country as COVID-19 spreads beyond the meat plants that have captured the national spotlight. At least 60 food-processing facilities outside the meatpacking industry have seen outbreaks, with more than 1,000 workers diagnosed with the virus, according to a new study from Environmental Working Group.