Bloomberg Law
July 2, 2020, 4:12 PM

Smithfield Asks Court to Keep OSHA From South Dakota Virus Data

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. has asked a U.S. court to keep OSHA from obtaining documents related to employee reports of illness, Covid-19 test results, and interviews with its South Dakota plant workers.

The company said its employees “have legitimate privacy interests in this information.” Its motion to quash an Occupational Safety and Health Administration subpoena was filed in a South Dakota federal court on Wednesday.

OSHA served its subpoena on the South Dakota Department of Health on June 23, seeking records related to a Covid-19 outbreak at Smithfield’s Sioux Falls facility, which temporarily closed for more than three weeks after ...

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