The processing plant known as the Farmer John Plant located at the Vernon Section, Los Angeles County has become a hotspot for COVID-19.
Farmer John Plant specialises in the production of a popular pork delicacy known as the Dodger Dog, a 10-inch pork wiener hot dog usually sold at the home games of Major League’s Baseball team, The Los Angeles Dodgers at the Dodgers Stadium.
Owners of the plant have been forced to shut down several of their meat plants including one in South Dakota where at least 800 employees tested positive for COVID-19.
The first outbreak in Smithfield’s Vernon plant happened in mid-April when 6 employees tested positive for the virus that has claimed more than 2,000 lives in Los Angeles.
The company said in a statement that it has put measures in place to ensure the safety of its employees. Employees of Smithfield are entitled to free virus tests and protective equipments which include face shields and masks.
The company further stated that they have installed plastic barriers at their workplaces and ensure workers undergo temperature checks as part of their strict health protocols to keep their employees safe.