Intecept: Smithfield’s Wisconsin Plant Hid Infections, Engineered COVID ‘Hot Zone’ (while infecting meat as well?)



Smithfield, for means of disclosure, is 100% owned by a Chinese company closely tied to the Chinese military.  They own plants across the US and are under attack for infecting workers, so it is alleged.

Though Smithfield is Chinese owned, it is also a powerful contributor to the GOP governors who have opposed lockdowns.  In fact, the GOP’s lockdown effort traces directly to cash payments from industries that benefit at the cost of the health and safety or their workers and the communities they live in.

There is also the minor issue about the safety of the food supply and why anyone might think food products produced there would be free of COVID.

They are also under investigation for human trafficking, that a company called Global Horizons recruits workers in China then sends them to the US to work in factories, but these workers are “slaves,” as this Deseret News article indicate.

SMITHFIELD FOODS, the meat industry giant facing mounting questions over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, repeatedly failed to protect its workforce at a Wisconsin plant, according to workers who spoke to The Intercept.

The workers at the Patrick Cudahy factory, in Cudahy, Wisconsin, faced a Covid-19 outbreak weeks ago, but say managers initially concealed the number of infections, pressured employees to avoid quarantine measures, and failed to provide any face masks or dividers.

A recent outbreak at Smithfield’s pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is now one of the largest Covid-19 hotspots in the U.S., with 644 confirmed cases tied to the facility. The Smithfield outbreak represents nearly half of all confirmed cases in that state.

Now, the Wisconsin plant, which employs more than 1,000 workers, has more than two dozen confirmed cases and closed down on Wednesday for cleaning and sanitation. Workers at the plant, who spoke to The Intercept under condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, say much more should have been done.

One plant worker with asthma said that when he asked for a mask last month, an official at the company declined his request because if he was provided one, Smithfield would “have to do it for everyone else.”

He said that one of his co-workers had brought his own mask and was reprimanded to Smithfield’s human resources department, which told him that wearing his own mask would result in suspension.

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  1. Checked out the linked story about the human trafficking connection by a company called “Global Horizons” based in Los Angeles, which supplied Thai workers to the Smithfield subsidiary owned farms. Surer than shit, turns out the CEO of that company, Mordechai Orian, is an Israeli citizen who was being held by federal officials in Hawaii because he was a flight risk to Israel. Probably a dues-paying AIPAC member too.

    • Usual suspects in this case..”Thai workers”, yes human trafficking is more likely to come out of Thailand than China.

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