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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is hoping to see the Smithfield Foods processing plant up and running this week.  President Donald Trump has also taken action trying to reopen meat processors across the country. 

 

According to South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds its crucial they are reopened, but it must be done safely…

 

 

 

 

Senator Rounds says its important for meat processing plants to privde personal protective equipment or PPE for its employees.  Specifically, Rounds cited the need for gowns, faceguards, and physical barriers to promote seperation when possible.

 

Rounds has sent a letter to President Trump looking to organize a new oversight committee for these animal processing operations.  He laid out what this might look like...

 

 

 

 

Many agriculture observers and worker advocates worry the move to reopen these plants is premature and could lead to new COVID-19 hotspots.  Senator Rounds says that is possible, but some of the onus is on plant owners and managers to keep their employees healthy...

 

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