Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest poultry, beef and pork producers, is suspending operations at an Iowa pork plant after more than two dozen employees there tested positive for coronavirus.
The plant is located in the city of Columbus Junction, the company said in a statement.
CEO Noel White said the suspension was imposed "out of an abundance of caution," and that the company was seeing "varying levels of production impact."
"In an effort to minimize the impact on our overall production, we’re diverting the livestock supply originally scheduled for delivery to Columbus Junction to some of our other pork plants in the region,” White said in the statement.
The statement also said the company is taking the temperature of workers at all locations before they enter facilities, has increased deep cleaning, is working to secure protective face coverings for workers, and has implemented interim protocols for temporary protective coverings.