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Coronavirus in meat packing plants could force choice: worker health or meat in stores

USATODAY.com Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Coronavirus in meat packing plants could force choice: worker health or meat in storesCoronavirus closed Smithfield and JBS meat packing plants. Many more are at risk. Operators may have to choose worker health or meat in stores.
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