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May 4, 2020

U.S. poultry industry fulfilling its role as ‘essential’ during crisis

During this unprecedented time of health crisis stemming from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the nation’s poultry and agriculture industries are working non-stop to meet the nutritional needs of not only the United States, but the world.

Those involved with poultry, as well as all agriculture, have long known its importance to people’s sustainability, but during this current crisis the food industry has been recognized as “essential.” On March 15, President Trump issued an updated Coronavirus Guidance for America, which defined critical areas deemed essential by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry . . . such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule,” the guidance states. Read more