New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged. “Smithfield Foods was the first company to warn in April that the coronavirus pandemic was pushing the United States ‘perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply.’ Tyson Foods also sounded the alarm, saying that ‘millions of pounds of meat will disappear’ from the nation’s supply chain as plants were being forced to close because of outbreaks. That same month, Smithfield sent China 9,170 tons of pork, one of its highest monthly export totals to that market in the past three years. Tyson exported 1,289 tons of pork to China, the most since January 2017.”

Pork Network: U.S. Swine Disease Monitoring System Underway

Pork Network: U.S. Swine Disease Monitoring System Underway. “The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) is supporting a near real-time domestic swine disease monitoring system. The project will generate information useful for economic and animal health decision-making. Data will be analyzed to describe disease activity by major pathogen and/or by clinical syndrome, documenting disease activity (presence, incidence) with respect to geography while maintaining appropriate producer confidentiality.”