U.S. Food-Worker Deaths Reach 20 as Thousands See Virus Impact

April 28, 2020, 4:13 PM

More of America’s workers who are keeping food supplies churning are falling sick and dying.

Twenty workers in U.S. meatpacking and food-processing plants have died and at least 6,500 have been directly impacted by the coronavirus, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, America’s largest private-sector union. Those directly impacted include individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus, missed work due to self-quarantine, are awaiting test results, or have been hospitalized, the group said Tuesday in a statement.

“America’s meatpacking workers and our nation’s food supply are in greater danger every day that companies and leaders fail to ...

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