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Slaughterhouses Robots Ease Labor and Health Woes, JBS Says (1)

May 1, 2020, 3:32 PM

JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat producer, plans to expand its use of robots in slaughterhouses to counter health threats to workers from the coronavirus pandemic and a tight labor market.

The Brazilian company runs a plant in Australia that uses only machines to slaughter sheep, and automation will expand globally for other livestock, Chief Financial Officer Guilherme Cavalcanti said this week.

The company’s automation focus widened as labor tightened in U.S. plants following a drop in immigration, Cavalcanti said. Labor has become a major stumbling block for the industry as the virus sickens workers and shuts plants.

“But now...

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