The largest processor of pork in the world, Smithfield Foods Inc., has recently been accused of showcasing a sense of failure to protect the workers at the Missouri plant under a lawsuit. The workers have been obligated to work side-by-side during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday, in the federal court of Missouri, claimed that Smithfield has evidently created a public nuisance with inadequate provisioning of protective equipment for the workers employed at the Milan town plant. The company has also refused to provide proper time to the workers to wash hands.
Also, the processing company has been discouraging the workers from taking any sick leave when they are ill. Workers in the production line have also been berated for covering the mouth when they are about to sneeze or cough. This is due to the fact that they might miss out on a piece of meat that arrives down its processing line.
As per Rural Community Workers Alliance, an advocacy group for workers based in Missouri mentioned that the workers, family members, as well as others in close connection living in Milan, would surely die. This is because Smithfield has been refusing to change all its practices that help combat the pandemic.